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Title: “Productivity and Employment in Firm’s Acess to Public Funding to Support Innovation”
Authors: Santos, Anabela
Cincera, Michele
Neto, Paulo
Serrano, Maria Manuel
Editors: Neto, Paulo
Serrano, Maria Manuel
Keywords: Public funding
Issue Date: 2016
Citation: Santos, Anabela; Cincera, Michele; Neto, Paulo & Serrano, Maria Manuel (2016). “Productivity and Employment in Firm’s Acess to Public Funding to Support Innovation”. Public Policy Portuguese Journal, vol. 1, nº 1, pp. 6-27.
Abstract: Innovation is at the heart of the Europe 2020 Strategy, in order to promote higher levels of employment and productivity. Special attention is given to increasing the effectiveness of innovation policy instruments, mainly as some authors found evidence that productivity could be negatively affected by subsidies. The aim of the study is to assess how the expected impact on firm productivity and employment is taken into account, when firms apply for public funding for innovation. The analysis is based on the case study of the Portuguese Innovation Incentive System in the Alentejo region. In order to understand which factors influence the public decision to financially support private investment, we estimated a logit model based on firms’ and applications’ characteristics, controlling for the macroeconomic environment. The results indicate that government preferences for promoting exports, exploiting firms R&D results and stimulating the level of qualified employment are shown to be more relevant than the impact on firm productivity. Furthermore, the cost to the government of new jobs created, measured at least by exemption of interest and financial charges on the loan, is almost twice as much for non-SMEs as for SMEs.
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