I am delighted to announce that our paper “Did relaxing clinical trial regulation enhance the stock of scientific knowledge in India? Not necessarily” co-authored by Carolin Häussler (University of Passau) has been published in PLoS ONE. By examining a change in clinical trial regulations in India, a country often viewed as a first-choice offshoring location, we study how the relaxation of clinical trial regulations affects the number and the type of clinical trials as well as the domestic scientific knowledge base. Based on trial data from ClinicalTrials.gov and data on associated publication activities, our empirical analysis suggests that, despite an initial increase in the number of clinical trials, relaxing clinical trial regulations has a limited impact on the domestic scientific knowledge base.

Further information can be found here (it is an open access publication).