Dear European Research Council, evaluating grant programs is harder than you think

Today the European Research Council tweeted about a study that supposedly shows how succesful their research grants are.

ERC grants provide a lot of money to upcoming and established researchers who are based in Europe to carry out larger research projects and agendas. Of course we would like to know whether the money is well spent. Continue reading Dear European Research Council, evaluating grant programs is harder than you think

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Innovation on (government) demand?

Next week we will organize the 7th ZEW/MaCCI Conference on the Economics of Innovation and Patenting in Mannheim and the program will be great. We will have Bronwyn Hall from Berkeley and Pierre Azoulay from MIT as keynote speakers. I’m definitely looking forward to hear them speak.

Myself, I will present a new project on the relationship between public procurement and innovation. In brief the research question is the following. Continue reading Innovation on (government) demand?

European Integration in Science and Technology Policy

Recently we published a new discussion paper (updated in September 2017) I was working on for quite some time. My coauthor and me study the effectiveness of subsidies for research and development (R&D) at the European level. Subsidies to support R&D activities by private firms are an essential part of science and technology policy in all OECD countries. Economic theory tells us that (especially small and young) firms invest too little in innovation, either because they’re financially constrained or because their ideas get imitated. Therefore governments should step in to boost R&D and enhance the competitiveness of the economy. Continue reading European Integration in Science and Technology Policy