DP11765 Can grants to consortia spur innovation and science-industry collaboration? Regression-discontinuity evidence from Poland

Author(s): Miriam Bruhn, David J. McKenzie
Publication Date: January 2017
Keyword(s): innovation, R&D, regression discontinuity design, science-industry collaboration
JEL(s): H25, O31, O38
Programme Areas: Development Economics
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We use regression discontinuity to measure the impact of funding from Poland's In-Tech program on innovation activities carried out by consortia of firms and research entities. A detailed follow-up survey of applicants enables us to measure a wider variety of outcomes than typically used in the literature. We find the grants increase the probability of a project being completed by almost 60 percentage points, lead to more science-industry collaboration, and increase the probability of patents and publications related to the proposed project. We also find early effects on commercialization of products related to the proposed project.