CEPS-EconPol Europe Lunch Debate July 2020

Tax Incentives for Research and Development: Is There an Optimal Policy Mix?


Online Event

Using the tax system to support research and development has become a very popular policy tool. Many countries are implementing incentives such as tax credits, patent boxes and direct subsidies to stimulate new R&D. But is there really a causal relationship between these policies and the R&D spending done by the businesses receiving the incentives? And if so, is this R&D productive, and does it have an impact on the wider economy?

For our last joint lunch debate with CEPS before the summer break. we presented the latest research into this area. İrem Güçeri (EconPol Europe, Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford), Ruzica Rakic (DG Research & Innovation, European Commission) and journalist Jennifer Baker discussed the question: is there an optimal policy mix for incentivizing R&D?

VIDEO: Panelist and co-author of the research İrem Güçeri explains the background to her work: Supporting Firm Innovation in R&D: What is the Optimal Policy Mix? 

POLICY REPORT: Supporting Firm Innovation and R&D: What is the Optimal Policy Mix?


Moderator: Jennifer Baker


İrem Güçeri (University of Oxford, EconPol Europe)

Ruzica Rakic (DG Research & Innovation, European Commission)


The platform for the debate will be the webinar software Zoom. For information on the processing of personal data in connection with the use of Zoom please read our Zoom Data Protection Notice.


12:30 Introduction and welcome, Jennifer Baker (Journalist and Moderator)

12.35 Opening remarks: Irem Guceri (University of Oxford, EconPol Europe), Ruzica Rakic (DG Research & Innovation, European Commission)

12.50 Panel discussion, including question and answers from viewers

13:30 End


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Irem Guceri, Ruzica Rakic