Small Business Economics

, Volume 22, Issue 5, pp 407–415 | Cite as

The Market for Knowledge Brokers

  • Jeroen Hinloopen


A widely-used policy to diminish the market failure on the market for innovations is the provision of R&D subsidies. However, the absence of competition at several stages of the procurement process could lead to inefficient use of these subsidies. To introduce more competition, a market for knowledge brokers could be created. The role of these knowledge brokers would be at four stages of the procurement process: (i) placing the call for tender; (ii) obtaining research proposals; (iii) monitoring the research efforts; and (iv) disseminating the research results. It can be expected that creation of such a market yields a better match between demand and supply on the market for R&D, yields a higher quality research product for a given price and that it increases the dissemination of research results.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jeroen Hinloopen
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  1. 1.Faculty of Economics and Economics and Econometrics, Department of EconomicsUniversity of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands E-mail

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