Dirk Czarnitzki studied economics at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany, from 1993 to 1998 (majors in industrial economics and econometrics). In 1998 he joined the ZEW as a researcher. He obtained the Dr. rer. pol. from the University of Duisburg-Essen in 2004. During the year 2004 he was Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley. Since January 2005 Dirk Czarnitzki is Associate Professor at the Department of Applied Economics at KU Leuven, Belgium, and he is also a senior researcher at the Steunpunt O&O Statistieken at KUL as well as a research associate at ZEW. His research interests cover the fields of the economics of innovation and focus on applied microeconometrics. The lines of research address topics such as the evaluation of public innovation policies, corporate governance and innovation, the valuation of intellectual assets, as well as knowledge and technology transfer.

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