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Do R&D tax incentives lead to higher wages for R&D workers? Evidence from The Netherlands

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This paper examines the impact of the Dutch R&D tax incentive scheme on the wages of R&D workers. We construct firm specific R&D tax credit rates that vary over time following variations in the Dutch R&D tax incentive program. Using instrumental variables we estimate a wage-sharing model with an unbalanced firm-level panel data covering the period 1997-2004. The elasticity of the R&D wage with respect to the fraction of the wage supported by the fiscal incentives scheme is estimated at 0.2 in the short run and 0.24 in the long run. (C) 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)823-830
JournalResearch Policy
Volume42
Issue number3
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Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013