The ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research and the Mannheim Centre for Competition and Innovation (MaCCI) are pleased to announce their eighth conference on the economics of innovation and patenting. The goal of the conference is to present new research and to stimulate discussion between international researchers. Theoretical and empirical contributions from all areas of the economics of innovation and patenting are welcome.

Keynote Speakers

Dietmar Harhoff

Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition and LMU, Munich, Germany

Timothy Simcoe

Boston University and NBER, USA

Dirk Czarnitzki

Catholic University Leuven, Belgium and ZEW

Elisabetta Iossa

University of Rome Tor Vergata and GREEN-Bocconi, Italy

Julia Lane

New York University, USA

Juan Mateos-Garcia

Nesta, United Kingdom

  • Isabel Busom (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, ES)
  • Uwe Cantner (Friedrich Schiller University Jena, DE, and University of Southern Denmark, Odense, DK)
  • Dirk Czarnitzki (KU Leuven, BE, and ZEW, Mannheim, DE)
  • Alberto Galasso (University of Toronto Mississauga, CA)
  • Bernhard Ganglmair (ZEW, MaCCI and University of Mannheim, DE)
  • Stuart Graham (Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, US)
  • Christoph Grimpe (Copenhagen Business School, DK)
  • Deepak Hedge (New York University Stern School of Business, US)
  • Can Huang (Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, CN)
  • Jordi Jaumandreu (Boston University, US)
  • Ulrich Kaiser (University of Zurich, CH, and ZEW, Mannheim, DE)
  • Kornelius Kraft (University of Dortmund and ZEW, Mannheim, DE)
  • Xibao Li (Tsinghua University, Beijing, CN)
  • Georg Licht (ZEW and MaCCI, Mannheim, DE)
  • Hans Lööf (KTH Stockholm, SE)
  • Megan Macgarvie (Boston University and NBER, US)
  • Pierre Mohnen (University of Maastricht and UNU-MERIT, NL)
  • Fabio Montobbio (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, IT)
  • Elisabeth Müller (German Graduate School of Management and Law, Heilbronn, DE)
  • Bettina Peters (ZEW and MaCCI, Mannheim, DE, and University of Luxembourg, LU)
  • Gaétan de Rassenfosse (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne EPFL, CH)
  • Henry Sauermann (ESMT, Berlin, DE)
  • Yossi Spiegel (Tel Aviv University, IL)
  • Konrad Stahl (University of Mannheim, MaCCI and ZEW, Mannheim, DE)
  • Otto Toivanen (Aalto University, FI, and KU Leuven, BE)
  • Van Anh Vuong (University of Maastricht, NL)

Big Data and Innovation Indicators

  • Web-based innovation indicators
  • Machine learning & AI
  • Text as data

Drivers of Innovation

  • Digitization and innovation
  • Corporate governance and innovation
  • Migration and innovation

Innovation and Performance

  1. Returns to innovation and growth
  2. Innovation and employment
  3. Innovation and international trade

R&D and Innovation Policy

  • Tax incentives and subsidies for R&D
  • Patent box regimes
  • Public procurement and innovation

Intellectual Property Rights

  • IPR strategies (patents, trademarks, copyrights)
  • Standards, patent pools and innovation
  • Reforms of the international patent system

Financing Innovation

  • Banking system and innovation financing
  • Venture capital and crowdfunding
  • Impact of changes in financial market regulation

Knowledge Production

  • Research collaborations
  • Knowledge and R&D spillovers
  • Internationalization of R&D and innovation

Technology Transfer

  • Industry-science linkages
  • Markets for technology
  • Scientist/inventor mobility and productivity

Interestedresearchersareinvitedtosubmita paper or an extended abstract (min. 3 pages) in PDF format to

Submission deadline: 15 February 2019

Notifications of acceptance by 8 March 2019.

Participants presenting a paper are asked to submit a full text version no later than 15 April 2019.

Registration deadline: 30 April 2019

The conference fee is €235 (PhD students pay a reduced fee of €195), and covers lunches, coffee and non-alcoholic beverages, the conference dinner, and the conference package. A selected number of travel grants will be available (preferably for PhD students and young researchers). On your request, the organizing committee will gladly provide you with further details. Presenters may be kindly asked to discuss another paper.

Registration for Presenters

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16.05.2019 - 17.05.2019

Event Location

ZEW – Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung

L 7, 1 68161 Mannheim

Organisational Contact
Scientific Contact
Prof. Dr. Bettina Peters

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