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R&D Policy by Sector: A Cross-Country Investigation (avsluttet)

Om prosjektet

Fra den engelske prosjektsiden:

"More than 20 OECD countries currently support private R&D investments through R&D tax incentives schemes, including not only advanced countries but also developing economies such as Brazil, India, China and South Africa (OECD, 2010). The widespread adoption of this type of R&D support schemes has increasingly attracted the attention of innovation scholars and fostered the development of a large stream of applied research, which investigates the effects of tax credits on firms’ R&D expenditures by making use of firm-level data.

The project on “R&D Policy by Sector” has extended this recent strand of research by investigating a new research question: do the effects of R&D tax incentives vary systematically by sector? This question is motivated by the proposition that “sectors matter”: firms in different industries of the economy differ substantially in terms of their R&D intensity, innovation strategy and technological performance. Specifically, the R&D distribution of firms varies greatly by sectors. Other sector-specific factors – such as the degree of market competition, technological opportunities, and the intensity of knowledge diffusion and spillover effects – do also differ substantially across industries. It is therefore reasonable to argue that firms’ responsiveness to fiscal incentives to R&D may vary considerably among industries.

The project studies this unexplored question by carrying out a set of empirical analyses, combining microeconometric and qualitative methods of research, to analyze the effectiveness of fiscal incentives to R&D on firms' innovation efforts and performance, study the extent to which these vary across industries, and discuss whether R&D tax incentives schemes should be re-designed in order to take the sectoral dimension into account."


Deltakere i prosjektet er TIK, NUPI, SPRU (UK), Grenoble School of Management og Bocconi University, og tidsrammen er satt fra 2012 til 2015.


Dette prosjektet er en del av Norsk Forskningsråds FORFI-satsning.



Publisert 19. jan. 2015 16:06 - Sist endret 27. jan. 2016 15:08