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The Dose-response Function Approach for the Evaluation of Continuous Treatments in R&D Subsidies
Author/s: Chiara Bocci, Marco Mariani 
Year:  2015 Issue: 3 Suppl. Language: Italian 
Pages:  22 Pg. 81-102 FullText PDF:  386 KB
DOI:  10.3280/SCRE2015-S03005
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A recent stream in the program evaluation literature has focussed on the estimation of causal effects in the presence of continuous treatments. Dose-response functions based on propensity-score methodologies can be employed, under the unconfoundedness assumption, to perform this analysis. An interesting area of application is that of r&d subsidisation programmes, where little is known about what is the right size of subsidies or of the underlying private investments to be targeted. Focussing on a regional small-business r&d programme implemented in Italy, we estimate a flexible dose-response function and find a roughly inverse U-shaped relation between subsidy and future r&d investment.
Keywords: R&d subsidies; dose-response functions; generalized propensity score.
Jel Code: C21, L53, O38

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Chiara Bocci, Marco Mariani, The Dose-response Function Approach for the Evaluation of Continuous Treatments in R&D Subsidies in "SCIENZE REGIONALI " 3 Suppl./2015, pp. 81-102, DOI:10.3280/SCRE2015-S03005


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