The Demand for Researchers: Does Public R&D Support Make a Difference?

TAYMAZ E., Ucdogruk Y.

Eurasian Business Review, vol.3, no.1, pp.90-99, 2013 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 3 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Doi Number: 10.14208/bf03353819
  • Journal Name: Eurasian Business Review
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded, Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.90-99
  • Keywords: Demand for Researchers, Policy Evaluation, Public R&D Support


© 2013, Eurasia Business and Economics Society.Although the literature provided insights into the impact of R&D support programs on (private) R&D expenditures, output growth and productivity, little research has tended to focus on the relationship between public R&D support and the demand for researchers that constitute the main input for technological activities. The aim of this study is to analyze the impact of R&D support programs in Turkey on the demand for researchers over the period 1993–2001. We estimated the labor demand function for researchers by using firm-level panel data. Our estimation results show that R&D support recipients demand more researchers to increase their R&D activities: R&D support programs in Turkey seem to be effective in raising the demand for researchers in manufacturing industries.