Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Institutional Affiliation: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
NBER Working Papers and Publications
|July 2019||The Impact of State-Level R&D Tax Credits on the Quantity and Quality of Entrepreneurship|
with Jorge Guzman, Scott Stern: w26099
The acceleration of start-up activity is often cited as a rationale for the R&D tax credit, a key innovation policy instrument adopted increasingly by US states over the past quarter century. While there is a strong empirical base linking the R&D tax credit to increased R&D expenditures and innovation, prior work has not provided causal evidence that this policy effects the rate of formation and growth potential of new businesses. This paper combines data from the US Startup Cartography Project with the Panel Database on Incentives and Taxes to implement a difference-in-differences estimate of the impact of the R&D tax credit on the quantity and quality-adjusted quantity of entrepreneurship. Our key finding is that the R&D tax credit is associated with a significant long-term impact on ...