Transparency and the Social Benefits of Government Funded Research

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I investigate the effect of increasing transparency on the social benefits of government funded research. For this purpose, I exploit two laws enacted in the United States related to government funding and improved information provision. Using these two information, I analyze how the change in information disclosure affects follow-on innovation of government-funded research. The results show an elevated degree of innovation building on federally funded patents after transparency increased due to additional information. I find that this effect could be attributed to a decrease in search costs and asymmetric information. Further results imply that patents funded by procurement contracts show a stronger increase in follow-on innovation compared to those funded by grants. Considering the actual amount awarded, I find a positive relationship and that patents from projects with a medium level of funding benefit in particular. These results imply a positive effect of more transparency on innovation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Eighty-second Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management
EditorsSonia Taneja
Number of pages1
Place of PublicationBriarcliff Manor, NY
PublisherAcademy of Management
Publication date2022
Publication statusPublished - 2022
EventThe Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2022: Creating a Better World Together - Seattle, United States
Duration: 5 Aug 20229 Aug 2022
Conference number: 82


ConferenceThe Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2022
Country/TerritoryUnited States
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SeriesAcademy of Management Proceedings

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