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Assessing the economic impact of large-scale research infrastructure: CSIL contribution to FCC study

August 2017, 

Gauging the economic impact of CERN technological procurement link

CSIL is contributing to a research aimed at evaluating social costs and benefits of the next  “Future Circular Collider”. Specifically, the study focuses on the economic benefit arising from the technological procurement activity of CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research.

As part of this study, CSIL experts (Emanuela Sirtori, Francesco Giffoni and Jessica Catalano) in collaboration with University of Milan and Roma 3, structured and managed an online survey targeting companies which received at least one order between 1995 and 2015. CERN suppliers were asked to provide information on the type of services delivered to CERN, the relationship established with CERN, the technological intensity of the order, and the variety of effects produced by this relationship. The information gathered from more than 600 companies have been processed by means of a Bayesian Network Analysis, which allows to identify the causal mechanisms through which CERN procurement generates learning and economic benefits on suppliers, and, specifically, the role that different interaction modes between CERN and supplier firms play in producing knowledge spillovers. Preliminary results were presented by CSIL experts during the Annual Meeting of the Future Circular Collider Study, held in May in Berlin. 

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To complement this study, CSIL was specifically asked to carry out a set of semi-structured interviews with a sample of around 30 key CERN suppliers that have been involved in the Large Hadron Collider project. The study is expected to be completed by December 2017.