This paper discusses the potential effects of R&D public subsidies on a strategic issue for companies, the decision to combine internal and external R&D expenditure. Analyzing some arguments discussed in the management literature, it is assessed whether public intervention by granting R&D subsidies influences the composition of R&D expenditure. To do this, we analyze the data from the Survey on Business Strategies for the period 1991–2008. Results confirm that the public funding of R&D expenditure through subsidies have a positive impact on internal R&D and especially in the decision to conduct R&D internally and externally simultaneously.
Afcha, S.; León, G. (2014): Public funding of R&D and its effect on the composition of business R&D expenditure, Business Research Quarterly, 17(1), pp. 22-30. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cede.2013.01.001