The objective of this paper is twofold: first, to analyze the determinants of firms’ applications for low-interest credits to finance their research and development projects; and second, to study the award decision by the public agency. The results obtained for a sample of Spanish firms suggest that young firms, exporters, companies that belong to a high or medium-tech industry, and especially firms with previous experience in similar programs have a higher probability of applying for a credit. As for the award process, the most important effects are related to the technological and economic potential of the proposal, providing evidence that the agency tries to select the best projects.
Review of Industrial Organization – Springer Journals
Published: Oct 30, 2010
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