Innovation is widely considered to be a key long-term driving force for economic growth. Hence, stimulating business innovation is attached a high importance on the political agenda. Government policies can actually take two main routes: they can either directly trigger innovation, for instance by granting subsidies or by public procurement; or they can affect the framework conditions in which firms operate, aiming to make them more favourable to innovation. Among the latter, the intensity and type of competition are major factors. Government policies aiming to increase firm’s innovation propensity by changing framework conditions have to take possible interdependencies between the degree of competition, productivity and innovation into account. From a theoretical point of view, however, the relationship between competition on the one hand and innovation and productivity on the other hand is not clear-cut.
Thus, the proposed project will carry out empirical research contributing significantly to the research on (i) the relationship between different types of competition (domestic vs. foreign competition, market vs. technological competition, various market structures) and innovation and (ii) the relationship between firms’ growth and innovation. Since this project will be carried out in cooperation with both EU and Non-EU countries, e. g. Australia, Canada, Netherlands, Sweden, Belgium and Japan it provides the opportunity to overcome the limitation of existing studies mostly using data from the US or the UK. This project is embedded into the OECD innovation strategy and the OECD network which assures the extensive harmonization of both the data as well as the methodological procedure.

Project duration

01.09.2009 - 31.12.2010

Cooperation partner

Hsien Toh, Australien Government, Department of Innovation, Industry, Sience and Research, Sydney, AU
Jason Russo, Australian Bureau of Statistics, Sydney, AU
Dr. Martin Berger, Joanneum Research, Wien, AT
Jeoffrey Malek Mansour, PhD, Belgian Federal Science Policy, Brüssel, BE
Pierre Therrien, Industry Canada, Government of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, CA
Martin Mana, Czech Statistical Office, Prag, CZ
Martin Srholec, PhD, Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture, University of Oslo, Oslo, NO
Carter Bloch, PhD, The Danish Centre for Studies in Research and Research Policy, University of Aarhus, Aarhus, DK
Jaan Masso, PhD, University of Tartu, Tartu, EE
Mikael Akerblom, Statistics Finland, Helsinki, FI
Olavi Lehtoranta, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Helsinki, FI
Mariagrazia Squicciarini, PhD, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Helsinki, FI
Prof. Fabrice Galia, Burgundy School of Business, Dijon, FR
Andrew Stockman, FORFÁS, Dublin, IE
Thorvald Finnbjornsson, Rannis - The Icelandic Centre for Research, Rykjavik, IS
Prof. Rinaldo Evangelista, University of Camerino, Camerino, IT
Antonio Vezzani, University of Rome "Tor Vergata", Rom, IT
Tomohiro Ijichi, National Institute of Science and Technology Policy, Tokyo, JP
Seok-Hyeon Kim, STEPI - Science and Technology Policy Institute, Seoul, KR
Anna-Leena Asikainen, PhD, STATEC, Luxemburg, LU
Gary Dunnet, Statistics New Zealand, Wellington, NZ
Julia Gretton, Statistics New Zealand, Wellington, NZ
Vincence Fructuoso Van der Veen, Statistics Netherlands, Voorburg, NL
George Van Leeuwen, Statistics Netherlands, Voorburg, NL
Andries Kuipers, Statistics Netherlands, Voorburg, NL
Michael Polder, PhD, Statistics Netherlands, Voorburg, NL
Thomas van Kooten, Statistics Netherlands, Voorburg, NL
Frank Foyn, Statistics Norway, Oslo, NO
Mark Knell, PhD, NIFU STEP Studies in Innovation, Research and Education, Oslo, NO
Maria João Rosa, GPEARI - Gabinette de Planeamento, Estratégia, Avaliacao e Relacoes Internacionais, Lissabon, PT
Jaider Manuel Vega Jurado, INGENIO - Institute for the Management and Innovation of Knowledge, , Valencia, ES
Hans-Olof Hagén, Statistics Sweden, Stockholm, SE
Prof. Hans Lööf, PhD, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, SE
Tobias Stucki, Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich, Konjunkturforschungsstelle (KOF), Zürich, CH
Dr. Marion Frenz, Department of Trade and Industry, London, UK
Ray Lambert, Department of Trade and Industry, London, UK
Bruno Araujo, Instituto de Pesquisa Econômica Aplicada, Rio de Janeiro, BR
Jocelyn Olivari, I+E Analysis Center (Intelis), University of Chile, Santiago, CL
William Blankley, Centre for Science, Technlology and Innovation Indicators (CeSTII), Human Sciences Research Council, Cape Town, ZA
Irma Wilkinson, Centre for Science, Technlology and Innovation Indicators (CeSTII), Human Sciences Research Council, Cape Town, AT