Biography

Dr. Kevin Mulligan is a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Department of Economics, Kemmy Business School (KBS), University of Limerick. He is an applied economist, whose research interests include the economics of innovation and science policy, and evaluating the impact of public funding for Research and Development (R&D) on firm-level outcomes (e.g. innovative new products and processes, exports, value added, employment growth).

Since 2019, Dr. Mulligan has worked on a research project titled Evaluating the impact of innovation and science policy on the economy and society: A national evaluation and international benchmarking of innovation and science policy in Ireland, as part of Prof Helena Lenihan's research group. This project is funded by Science Foundation Ireland, under its Science Policy Research Programme. As part of this project, Dr. Mulligan co-authored a paper published in the academic journal Research Policy, the leading journal in the field of innovation studies. This study focuses on evaluating the impact of firm collaborations with publicly-funded research centres, on firms' R&D investment. An earlier version of this paper won the Best Paper award in SME Growth and Performance: Quantitative Perspectives, at the 2019 Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) conference.

In 2015 Dr. Mulligan was one of four PhD students in Ireland awarded a Postgraduate Scholarship in Science Policy and Innovation offered by the Irish Research Council (IRC) and Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) following a competitive open-call.

Dr. Mulligan recieved the Regional Studies Association award for the best paper published in the journal Regional Studies, Regional Science in 2020, for a study co-authored with KBS colleague Dr. Marta Zieba (see: https://www.regionalstudies.org/funding/awards-2021/).
Dr. Mulligan is committed to the concept of achieving policy impact from quality academic research. Since beginning his PhD research, Dr. Mulligan has worked collaboratively as part of a research team to reach project goals, producing several co-authored studies. In 2018, his research with colleagues was cited by the European Commission (Research and Innovation Observatory 2017 Country Report: Ireland). In 2019, the Irish Senate's Public Consultation Committee Report on Small and Medium Sized Businesses in Ireland, also cited Dr. Mulligan's research. In addition, Dr. Mulligan has presented his co-authored research to key Irish policymakers in Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment (by invitation), as well as Irish and international policymakers in Science Foundation Ireland.

Peer Reviewed Journals

2022

Harnessing the science base: Results from a national programme using publicly-funded research centres to reshape firms' R&D

Mulligan K.;Lenihan H.;Doran J.;Roper S. (2022) Harnessing the science base: Results from a national programme using publicly-funded research centres to reshape firms' R&D. Research Policy

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2020

Well-being and unemployment during the Great Recession: an empirical analysis across UK local authority districts.

Mulligan K.;Zieba M. (2020) Well-being and unemployment during the Great Recession: an empirical analysis across UK local authority districts.. Regional Studies, Regional Science :267-287

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2019

More subsidies, more innovation? Evaluating whether a mix of subsidies from regional, national and EU sources crowds out firm-level innovation

Mulligan K.;Lenihan H.;Doran J. (2019) More subsidies, more innovation? Evaluating whether a mix of subsidies from regional, national and EU sources crowds out firm-level innovation. Regional Studies, Regional Science :130-138

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Books

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Other Journals

2021

One size does not fit all: A cross-country comparison of policy instruments used to support firm-level innovation and science

Lenihan, H., Mulligan, K. (2021) One size does not fit all: A cross-country comparison of policy instruments used to support firm-level innovation and science. Enterprise Research Centre Policy Briefing

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Conference Publications

2021

Irish Economic Association Annual Conference

Lenihan, H.; Mulligan, K.; Doran, J.; Rammer, C.; Ipinnaiye, O. (2021) Irish Economic Association Annual Conference.

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2021

International Industrial Organization Conference (IIOC)

Lenihan, H.; Mulligan, K.; Doran, J.; Rammer, C.; Ipinnaiye, O. (2021) International Industrial Organization Conference (IIOC).

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2020

Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIoIR) External Seminar Series

Lenihan, H., Mulligan, K., Doran, J., Ipinnaiye, I., Rammer, C., Garrido-Prada, P. (2020) Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIoIR) External Seminar Series.

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2019

Enterprise Research Centre Seminar Series

Mulligan, K., Lenihan, H., Doran, J., Roper, S. (2019) Enterprise Research Centre Seminar Series.

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2019

Regional Science Association International – British and Irish Section (RSAIBIS) 47th Annual Conference

Mulligan, K., Lenihan, H., Doran, J., Roper, S. (2019) Regional Science Association International – British and Irish Section (RSAIBIS) 47th Annual Conference.

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2019

Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) 42nd Annual Conference

Mulligan, K., Lenihan, H., Doran, J., Roper, S. (2019) Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) 42nd Annual Conference.

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Conference Contributions

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Published Reports

2022

Policy instruments and private R&D investment

Lenihan, H.; Mulligan, K. (2022) Policy instruments and private R&D investment. UK : Enterprise Research Centre

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2020

A cross-country repository of details on the innovation and science policy instruments available to firms in eight countries (2007-2020): The devil is in the detail

Lenihan, H.; Mulligan, K; O'Driscoll, J. (2020) A cross-country repository of details on the innovation and science policy instruments available to firms in eight countries (2007-2020): The devil is in the detail. Ireland : Kemmy Business School

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2018

The role of policy mix in driving business innovation

Lenihan, H.; Mulligan, K. (2018) The role of policy mix in driving business innovation. UK : Enterprise Research Centre

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Editorials

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Other Publications

2022

R&D grant and tax credit support for foreign-owned subsidiaries: Does it pay off?

Lenihan, H.; Mulligan, K.; Doran, J.; Rammer, C.; Ipinnaiye, O. (2022) R&D grant and tax credit support for foreign-owned subsidiaries: Does it pay off?. Germany : ZEW-Centre for European Economic Research

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