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NBER Publications by Margaret E. Blume-Kohout

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July 2009Federal Life Sciences Funding and University R&D
with Krishna B. Kumar, Neeraj Sood: w15146
This paper investigates the impact of federal extramural research funding on total expenditures for life sciences research and development (R&D) at U.S. universities, to determine whether federal R&D funding spurs funding from non-federal (private and state/local government) sources. We use a fixed effects instrumental variable approach to estimate the causal effect of federal funding on non-federal funding. Our results indicate that a dollar increase in federal funding leads to a $0.33 increase in non-federal funding at U.S. universities. Our evidence also suggests that successful applications for federal funding may be interpreted by non-federal funders as a signal of recipient quality: for example, non-PhD-granting universities, lower ranked universities and those that have histori...
March 2008The Impact of Medicare Part D on Pharmaceutical R&D
with Neeraj Sood: w13857
Recent evidence suggests that Medicare Part D has increased prescription drug use among the elderly, and earlier studies have indicated that increasing market size induces pharmaceutical innovation. This paper assesses the impact of Medicare Part D on pharmaceutical research and development (R&D), using time-series data on (a) the number of drugs in clinical development by therapeutic class, and (b) R&D expenditures by firm. We demonstrate that the passage of Medicare Part D was associated with significantly higher pharmaceutical R&D for drug classes with higher Medicare market share, and for firms specializing in higher-Medicare-share drugs.

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