Rainer Widmann (Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University)
The Effect of Government Research Grants on Firm Innovation: Theory and Evidence from Austria
in: Lectures "WIFO-Extern"
Vortrag, Österreichisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung, Wien, 05.04.2017
Online since: 29.03.2017 0:00
This paper examines the effect of government research grants on firms' patenting outcomes. Discontinuities in the funding
decisions of the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) allow to study the effect of public funding in a large sample of
Austrian firms. My estimates suggest that a government research grant increases the propensity to file a patent application
with the European Patent Office within 4 years by around 10 percentage points. Stronger effects appear for established firms
of advanced age. I present evidence that established firms undertake ambitious research projects when they receive grants.
Finally, I interpret the findings in an "exploration vs. exploitation" model in which the government agency addresses inefficiency
in the direction of research.
Research group:Industrial Economics, Innovation and International Competition