Does Innovation Norway’s grants have an effect? : an empirical research paper examining the effects of the establishing grant and development grants
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- Master Thesis 
This paper examines the possible effects of government financial support to firms through Innovation Norway (IN). We compare firms that received support from IN in the years 2006- 2010 with comparable firms that applied for support, but were rejected. To manage potential endogeneity problems, we assess the effects of IN support by combining propensity score matching with a differences-in-differences estimation. We thereby control for observable firm characteristics and fixed firm effects. The treatment effects of participation are estimated for two types of IN grants: Establishing grants and development grants. The treatment effects are measured as differences in growth between the treated and matched firms the first two and three years after receiving IN support. We find no evidence that establishing grants have positive effects on value creation, number of employees or return on assets. We even find some evidence of negative effects of receiving establishing grants on operating profits and sales revenue. However, the results for sales revenue are not robust, and the results for operating profits are only significant two years after treatment. For development grants, we find significant positive effects on operating profits and employment. On the other hand, we find no clear evidence that development grants have positive effects on value creation, sales revenue or return on assets.