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  • Takalo, Tuomas; Tanayama, Tanja (2008)
    Bank of Finland Research Discussion Papers 19/2008
    Published in Journal of Technology Transfer, Volume 35, Number 1, February 2010: 16-41
    We study the interaction between private and public funding of innovative projects in the presence of adverse-selection based financing constraints. Government programmes allocating direct subsidies are based on ex-ante screening of the subsidy applications. This selection scheme may yield valuable information to market-based financiers. We find that under certain conditions, public R&D subsidies can reduce the financing constraints of technology-based entrepreneurial firms. Firstly, the subsidy itself reduces the capital costs related to innovation projects by reducing the amount of market-based capital required. Secondly, the observation that an entrepreneur has received a subsidy for an innovation project provides an informative signal to market-based financiers. We also find that public screening works more efficiently if it is accompanied by subsidy allocation. Keywords: adverse selection, innovation finance, financial constraints, R&D subsidies, certification JEL classification numbers: D82, G28, H20, O30, O38
  • Takalo, Tuomas; Tanayama, Tanja; Toivanen, Otto (2013)
    Bank of Finland Research Discussion Papers 2/2013
    Published in International Journal of Industrial Organization, Volume 31, Issue 5, September 2013, Pages 634–642
    We extend the theoretical basis of the empirical literature on the effects of R&D subsidies by providing an estimable model of strategic interaction among subsidy applicants, and public and private sector R&D financiers. Our model incorporates fixed R&D costs and a cost of external finance. We derive the optimal support rule. At the intensive (extensive) margin the costs of external funding reduce (increase) the optimal subsidy rate. We also establish necessary and sufficient conditions for the existence of additionality. It turns out that additionality at the intensive margin is less likely with large spillovers. Our results suggest that the relationship between additionality and welfare may not be straightforward. Keywords: R&D, entrepreneurial finance, R&D subsidies, innovation policy JEL classification numbers: O38, O31, L32, H25, G28
  • Takalo, Tuomas (2013)
    Bank of Finland Research Discussion Papers 1/2013
    Published in Journal of Reviews on Global Economics, Volume 1, 2012, Pages 157-167
    Economic interest in innovation policy largely arises from the fundamental importance of innovation to social welfare and from inefficiencies in innovation in a competitive market environment. As a result, a wide variety of public innovation policies are used in practice. This study reviews the economic justifications for public innovation policies and compares the existing policy tools, paying particular attention to the Finnish innovation policy environment. Key Words: Innovation policies, innovation, R&D, incentives, market failures JEL Classification: O38, O34, O31, G28, H25
  • Zhu, Pingfang; Li, Lei; Lundin, Nannan (2005)
    BOFIT Discussion Papers 5/2005
    This paper examines the impact of R&D expenditure and technology import on the level and the growth of productivity, as well as on the general economic performance in manufacturing firms with various ownership structures in Shanghai, China.The empirical analyses are based on the firm-level information of a sample of manufacturing firms for the period 1998-2003. We find clear-cut evidence indicating that firms with foreign participation have a productivity advantage over their domestic counterparts.The expenditures on technology import not only have a direct and positive effect on productivity, but also indirectly enhance the absorptive capacity of firms to facilitate in-house R&D activities.This is particularly true for firms with foreign participation, or for firms in sectors with relatively high technical standards.Furthermore, R&D expenditure and technology import may also have positive effects on profitability and export performance, depending on the ownership structure of the firm and the technical standard in the sector. JEL classification: L52, O32, O38 Keywords: Science and Technology policy, Science and Technology investment, R&D
  • Takalo, Tuomas; Tanayama, Tanja; Toivanen, Otto (2017)
    Bank of Finland Research Discussion Papers 30/2017
    We conduct a welfare analysis of R&D subsidies and tax credits using a model of innovation policy in corporating externalities, limited R&D participation and finanial market imperfetions. We estimate the model using R&D projet level data from Finland. The optimal R&D tax credit rate (0.24) is lower than the average R&D subsidy rate (0.36). The intensive, not the extensive margin of R&D is important for poliy. Tax credits and subsidies inrease R&D investments and spillovers compared to laissez-faire but to levels below the first best. R&D support policies don't improve welfare.