The R&D tax credit in France: assessment and ex ante evaluation of the 2008 reform

B. Mulkay*, J. Mairesse

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This article presents an econometric analysis of the direct effects of the R&D tax credit (RTC) on private R&D in France and proposes an ex ante evaluation of the major reform implemented in 2008. We first estimate an error correction model of a dynamic R&D demand function on a large panel data of R&D doing firms, obtaining a preferred estimate of -0.4 for the long run elasticity of the user cost of R&D capital. We then perform a micro-simulation of the effects of the 2008 RTC reform that shows that the implicit long run budget multiplier would be about 0.7.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)746-766
Number of pages21
JournalOxford Economic Papers-New Series
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2013



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