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Firm Strategies in R&D: Cooperation and Participation in R&D Programs

Isabel Busom () and Andrea Fernández-Ribas ()
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Andrea Fernández-Ribas: Departament d'Economia Aplicada, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona

Working Papers from Department of Applied Economics at Universitat Autonoma of Barcelona

Abstract: This paper presents empirical evidence on firms’ decisions to cooperate in R&D and the extent to which government sponsored R&D programs increase cooperation. Using a sample of firms from the Spanish innovation survey we jointly estimate the determinants of firm participation in R&D programs and of choice of cooperation partners. We find that (i) firms participating in national and European programs have different profiles, suggesting program complementarity; (ii) private-private and publicprivate cooperation are associated on average with firms with different characteristics, and (iii) national R&D programs seem to have a positive effect on all types of cooperation, but especially on public-private partnerships.

Keywords: R&D; vertical cooperation; public-private partnerships; innovation policy. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O31 O38 H32 C25 C35 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 39 pages
Date: 2004-04
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