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An ex ante evaluation framework for the regional benefits of publicly supported R&D projects

Book or journal references : Research Policy, vol. 33, pp. 487-509 (2004).

Author(s) : Roper , S. and Hewitt-Dundas , N. and Love , J. H.

Abstract :

This paper draws on the knowledge-base implicit in ex post evaluations of publicly funded R&D and other related conceptual and empirical studies to suggest a framework for the ex ante evaluation of the regional benefits from R&D projects. The framework developed comprises two main elements: an inventory of the global private and social benefits which might result from any RD project; and, an assessment of the share of these global benefits which might accrue to a host region, taking into account the characteristics of the R&D project and the region's innovation system. The inventory of global benefits separately identifies private and social benefits and distinguishes between increments to public and private knowledge stocks, benefits to R&D productivity and benefits from commercialisation. Potential market and 'pure' knowledge spillovers are also considered separately. The paper concludes with the application of the framework to two illustrative case studies. (C) 2003 Elsevier B.V All rights reserved.


Keywords :

research and development; evaluation; ex ante; regional policy DEVELOPMENT SPILLOVERS; TECHNOLOGY INFRASTRUCTURE; GEOGRAPHIC LOCALIZATION; ECONOMIC-IMPLICATIONS; MANUFACTURING PLANTS; KNOWLEDGE SPILLOVERS; PRODUCTIVITY GROWTH; GOVERNMENT SUPPORT; FIRM SIZE; INNOVATION

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