Helena Lenihan

Economist

Professor Helena Lenihan is an Economist at the Kemmy Business School (KBS), University of Limerick (UL). She is Principal Investigator on a 4 year Science Foundation Ireland funded project on evaluating the impact of science and innovation policy on the economy and society.

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Biography

Professor Helena Lenihan is an Economist at the Kemmy Business School (KBS), University of Limerick (UL).  She is Principal Investigator on a 4 year Science Foundation Ireland funded project on evaluating the impact of science and innovation policy on the economy and society. She champions UL’s Research Impact agenda and chairs, UL’s Research Impact Committee. From 2009-2014, she was Assistant Dean, Research at the KBS.  She has published extensively on enterprise, industrial and innovation policy and policy impact evaluation and regularly advises Irish Government agencies such as the Department of Business Enterprise and innovation and Enterprise Ireland on firm-level policy matters.Â

SOTA Review

The role of policy mix in driving business innovation. SOTA No 10

Businesses often receive a mix of different innovation policy instruments, a policy mix, to support their innovation activities. For example, they may receive a mix of R&D grants and R&D tax credits. What does the evidence suggest about policy mix’s role in driving business innovation? SOTA studies on the impact of different policy mixes present a complex picture. Internationally, findings range from an increase of 34 percent in business innovation associated with some policy mixes to a decrease in business innovation of 26 percent associated with other mixes.

Associated Themes
  • Innovation