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Public Gains from Entrepreneurial Research: Inferences about the Economic Value of Public Support of the Small Business Innovation Research Program

Stuart Allen, Stephen Layson and Albert N. L ()
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Albert N. L: University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Department of Economics

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No 12-4, UNCG Economics Working Papers from University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Department of Economics

Abstract: This paper presents a systematic analysis of the net economic benefits associated with the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. We offer a derivation of producer and consumer surplus to estimate economic benefits. Fundamental to the implementation of these models is a specific value of the elasticity of demand, but in its absence we estimate what its value would be when the benefit-to-cost ratio associated with public support of the SBIR program equals unity. We infer from these calculations, and from general knowledge about the ability of SBIR-funded firms to exploit their monopoly position, that the SBIR program likely generates positive net economic benefits to society.

Keywords: Entrepreneurship; Innovation; Technology; SBIR Program; Benefit-to-cost Ratio; Program Evaluation; Producer Surplus; Consumer Surplus (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H43 O22 O31 O38 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 24 pages
Date: 2012-02-27
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cse, nep-ent, nep-ino, nep-ppm and nep-sbm
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