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Title: Measuring the Spillovers of Venture Capital

Author(s): Monika Schnitzer and Martin Watzinger

Publication Date: August 2017

Keyword(s): innovation, Spillovers and venture capital

Programme Area(s): Financial Economics and Industrial Organization

Abstract: We provide the first measurement of knowledge spillovers from venture capital-financed companies onto the patenting activities of other companies. On average, these spillovers are nine times larger than those generated by the R&D investment of established companies. Spillover effects are larger in complex product industries than in discrete product industries. Start-ups with experienced inventors holding a patent at the time of receiving the first round of investment produce the largest spillovers, indicating that venture capital fosters the commercialization of technologies. Methodologically, we contribute by developing a novel definition of the spillover pool, combining citation-based and technological proximity-based approaches.

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Schnitzer, M and Watzinger, M. 2017. 'Measuring the Spillovers of Venture Capital'. London, Centre for Economic Policy Research.