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The Effects of grant policy on technology investment in Italy

Atzeni, Gianfranco Enrico and Carboni, Oliviero Antonio (2008) The Effects of grant policy on technology investment in Italy. Journal of Policy Modeling, Vol. 30 (3), p. 381-399. ISSN 0161-8938. Article.

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DOI: 10.1016/j.jpolmod.2007.10.004


This paper investigates the effect of subsidies on the adoption of information and communication technology in Italy. We argue that the important geographical differences between North and South Italy are something that public policy should be concerned of. A matching estimator is used to explore the effects of financial assistance, by comparing the granted with non-granted firms. Our results suggest that public assistance has positive effects on ICT adoption. We also find that firms in the South are more dependent on public grants, and that duality would be more pronounced if subsidies were not given. Furthermore, because firms prefer traditional rather than ICT investment, subsidies should be specifically ICT oriented.

Item Type:Article
ID Code:1985
Uncontrolled Keywords:Information and communication technologies, regional disparities, digital divide, subsidies, treatment effect, nearest neighbour matching estimator
Subjects:Area 13 - Scienze economiche e statistiche > SECS-P/01 Economia politica
Divisions:002 Altri enti e centri di ricerca del Nord Sardegna > CRENoS-Centro Ricerche Economiche Nord Sud, Università di Cagliari e Università di Sassari
001 Università di Sassari > 01 Dipartimenti > Economia, impresa, regolamentazione
Copyright Holders:© 2008 Society for Policy Modeling
Deposited On:18 Aug 2009 10:06

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