The impact of R&D grants on the performance of New Zealand firms

Publication type: 
Research paper
Simon Wakeman
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JEL Codes: 
O31, O38

This paper evaluates the impact of R&D grants on the firm performance. Given data constraints, the analysis covers the period 2004 to 2012 which precedes the creation of Callaghan Innovation in 2013. Although the paper does not directly evaluate the performance of Callaghan Innovation's R&D grants programme, it does illustrate the insights that can be gained from firm-level analysis of government interventions. Results show that grant recipients tend to increase innovation, and that this flow through to higher employment and higher output per worker. However, grants tend not to increase multi-factor productivity, which is generally taken to represent a firm's technology.