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Public R&D support in Italy. Evidence from a new firm-level patent data set

Aiello, Francesco and Albanese, Giuseppe and Piselli, Paolo (2017): Public R&D support in Italy. Evidence from a new firm-level patent data set.

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Abstract

This paper evaluates the impact of R&D public support on the innovation activities of a sample of Italian SMEs. Unlike most of the literature, the analysis focuses more deeply on the innovation output than on the innovation input. The innovation output is measured through patent data. By using a new data set obtained by combining information from EPO records and the Capitalia data set on Italian corporations, we find that publicly supported firms have similar patenting activity to other R&D performers, regardless of the type of policy tool used to foster innovation. However, as far as patenting is concerned, supported SMEs face higher R&D spending than others.

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