Policy Briefs aim at presenting the results of IRI scientific work to a policy audience, to promote exchange and discussion that ultimately would lead to a reinforced evidence-based policy support.
Innovation, competitiveness and growth without R&D? Analysis of corporate R&D investment - A country approach: Italy
Authors: Pietro Moncada-Paterno-Castello and Nicola Grassano
The objective of this policy brief is to analyse the status of private R&D investment in Italy based on recent evidence and to indicate possible policy actions to boost private R&D investment. For our analysis, we rely on microdata from an unbalanced 10 years' panel data-set (2004-2013), built using several waves of the European Industrial R&D Investment Scoreboard. Moreover, we also take into consideration other sources of quantitative and qualitative information (e.g. OECD, ISTAT, EUROSTAT, ERAWATCH Country Report Italy 2013, State of the Innovation Union 2014), and recent academic literature on the topic. In this document we argue that: i) innovation in firms' without their engagement in R&D activities is not sustainable in the medium and long term; ii) the Italian R&D and innovation (and competitiveness) gap is due to 'systemic'/structural reasons and thus targeted high quality policies are needed to address these issues; iii) such policy interventions will have little positive impact without comprehensive reform aimed at improving the innovation environment as a whole. Careful design of an 'innovation strategy' that includes support for R&D is needed. This strategy should be fine-tuned to tackle the actual specificities of the Italian economic context and its R&D-led innovation difficulties.
Boosting the EU Attractiveness to International R&D Investments: What matters? What works?
Authors: Fernando Hervás, Iulia Siedschlag and Alexander Tuebke
The Policy Brief discusses recent evidence on patterns and trends in the internationalisation of EU corporate R&D activities and the factors which drive location choices. This evidence suggests that boosting international investment in R&D activities requires a combination of policy measures aimed at enhancing the knowledge base of locations, and investment promotion policies tailored to investors from different countries. The policy mix should include measures aiming at improving the efficiency of national and regional innovation systems, particularly through: a) Increasing the quality of education systems and skills, to enable the emergence of centres of research excellence, b) Facilitating the clustering of R&D activities, given the importance of proximity for knowledge spillovers.
Financing R&D and Innovation for Corporate Growth. What new evidence should policymakers know?
Authors: Pietro Moncada-Paterno-Castello, Antonio Vezzani, Fernando Hervas and Sandro Montresor
The Policy Brief addresses the results of a recent European Conference on the Financing R&D and Innovation (CONCORDi-2013: http://iri.jrc.ec.europa.eu/concord/2013/index.html). It presents recent empirical evidence on the topic and attempts to draw a number of policy-relevant messages to be brought to the attention of policymakers, as well as open questions requiring further research to address policy needs.
Attracting foreign direct investment without weakening domestic firms
Authors: Jörg Zimmermann, Wolfgang Sofka and Fernando Hervas
The present policy brief builds on a recent study designed to provide insights that support the need for a comprehensive policy approach which simultaneously aims at attracting foreign direct investments while strengthening the competitiveness of domestic firms. More in detail, the applied framework provides policy-makers with an instrument to understand when foreign investments are beneficial with respect to knowledge inflows and when they start to jeopardise the competitiveness of local firms. This has interesting policy implications in relation to various relevant aspects of the Europe 2020 agenda, such as the need to strengthen the competitiveness of European firms in the global economy, by, among other things, promoting and supporting their mobility within the Internal Market, their internationalisation, and their capacity to contribute to and benefit from international knowledge flows.
The effect of innovative SMEs' growth to the structural renewal of the EU economy - A projection to the year 2020 -
Authors: Pietro Moncada-Paterno-Castello and Peter Voigt
This Policy Brief addresses the following question: To what extent the high-growth of current innovative R&D-intensive SMEs can drive the envisaged structural change of the EU economy towards high R&D intensive sectors? It aims to contribute to the debate about how to set the right priorities and find the most appropriate policy interventions to allow Europe to reach the 3% R&D intensity target and hence its growth and employment objectives. It first summarises stylised findings from the literature on the relevance of innovative companies for economic growth, then presents results from a recent JRC-IPTS study which go some way towards answering the question posed above, and concludes by outlining some of the contributions that enrich the policy debate.
Mind the Science and Technology Skills Gap
Authors: Maria del Sorbo and Fernando Hervás
This Policy Brief shows new evidence on the causes of the S&T skills gap in European regions. It highlights that the S&T skills gap is mainly due to shortages of capabilities that are crucial to support the innovation and growth of firms and the other actors of the regional system, including university and government. From these findings, ad hoc policy implications upon the development of innovation capabilities and skills for the European Research Strategy and Innovation agenda are proposed and future research issues identified.
The "green impact" of the open innovation mode. Bridging knowledge sourcing and absorptive capacity for environmental innovations
Authors: Sandro Montresor, Claudia Ghisetti and Alberto Marzucchi
This Policy Brief presents recent results on the impact that an open innovation mode has on European firms' environmental innovations. New evidence drawn from the CIS suggests that knowledge sourcing can increase the environmental innovation performance of firms. However, the way firms search for external knowledge and work to absorb it can lead them to different results, depending on whether they are involved in the adoption of an eco-innovation or the extension of their eco-innovation portfolio. Drawing on these results, policy implications for the European Research and Innovation Agenda are discussed.
Bridging ideas with markets: the impact of training, marketing and design on innovation
Authors: Daria Ciriaci and Fernando Hervás
This Policy Brief presents recent results on the impact of training, marketing and design expenditures on European firms' innovative performance. The new evidence drawn from recent JRC research suggests that these expenditures, in combination with R&D, are crucial drivers of innovation. Drawing on these results, policy implications for the European Research and Innovation Agenda are discussed and additional research questions identified.
The growth of companies in the EU: the case for a more sophisticated research and innovation policy
Authors: Pietro Moncada-Paternò-Castello
This policy brief presents a literature review on the economics of research, innovation and competitiveness, focusing on the evidence available regarding the determinants for company creation and growth and the role played by Research, Development (R&D) and innovation. Furthermore, based on this, it draws a number of policy implications to design future research and innovation support instruments targeting innovative company growth in Europe.
Is Smart Growth employment friendly?
Authors: Francesco Bogliacino
This policy brief presents recent results from JRC-IPTS scientific analysis on the nexus between R&D driven innovation and employment. The new evidence drawn from this analysis confirms the labour friendly nature of R&D and points to some relevant policy implications to be considered when designing and implementing concrete measures under the new research and innovation agenda (Innovation Union flagship initiative of the Europe 2020 strategy). IRI is carrying on additional work on data gathering and analysis to further characterize the impact to keep into account additional factors.