Macroeconomic Rationales for Public Investments in Science

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What is the economic rationale for investing in science? Based on an open economy model of creative destruction, we characterize four key factors of optimal investment in basic research: the stage of economic development, the strength of the manufacturing base, the degree of openness, and the share of foreign-owned firms. For each of these factors, we analyze its bearings on optimal basic research investment. We then show that the predicted effects are consistent with patterns observed in the data and discuss how the factor-based approach might inform basic research policies. (JEL H41, O30, O32, O33, O38).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)575-599
Number of pages25
JournalEconomic Inquiry
Issue number2
Early online date20 Dec 2020
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Economics and Econometrics


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