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The Area Work Packages

Work package 301: Competitiveness under New Perspectives

Work package 302: Realigning Innovation Policy Towards Social and Ecological Objectives

Work package 303: Impact of Green Innovation on Growth, Employment and Social Cohesion

Work package 304: Entrepreneurial Dynamics as Drivers of Smart and Sustainable Growth

Work package 305: Intangible Assets and Quality of Academic Research as Drivers for Change

Work package 306: Towards a New Industrial Policy for Technology Shifts and Inclusive, Sustainable Growth


Most recent publications

Reinhilde Veugelers, Do we have the right kind of diversity in innovation policies among EU member states? WWWforEurope Working Paper No. 108, August 2015

Jürgen Janger, Business science links for a new growth path, WWWforEurope Working Paper No. 107, August 2015

Andreas Reinstaller and Peter Reschenhofer, Path dependence in national systems of production and "self discovery" of environmental technologies in the EU 28 countries, WWWforEurope Working Paper No. 106, August 2015

David Bailey, Lisa De Propris and Jürgen Janger, Industrial and innovation policy as drivers of change, WWWforEurope Deliverable No. 9, August 2015

Alexander Ebner and Fabian Bocek, Best practices as to how to support investment in intangible assets, WWWforEurope Working Paper No. 101, June 2015

Johanna Vogel, Kurt Kratena and Kathrin Hranyai, The bias of technological change in Europe, WWWforEurope Working Paper No. 98, May 2015

Nabila Arfaoui, Eric Brouillat and Maïder Saint Jean, Credibility of the REACH Regulation: Lessons Drawn from an ABM, WWWforEurope Working Paper No. 92, March 2015

Claudia Ghisetti and Francesco Quatraro, Regulatory push-pull effects on innovation: an evaluation of the effects of the REACH regulation on patents in the chemical sector, WWWforEurope Working Paper No. 91, March 2015

Francesco Crespi, Claudia Ghisetti and Francesco Quatraro, Taxonomy of implemented policy instruments to foster the production of green technologies and improve environmental and economic performance, WWWforEurope Working Paper No. 90, March 2015

Area 3 - Drivers for Change: Innovation, Industrial and Innovation Policy

Area 3 investigates the role that research and innovation as well as industrial and innovation policies can play as drivers for change by shaping the innovation system and production structures


Aim

To shift Europe from the current growth path to a new one with greater social inclusiveness and more ecological awareness, it is important that the innovation system as well as the relevant strands of economic policy promote this change in paradigm.

Innovation has various dimensions. Firstly, with respect to factor input, innovation can be labour saving, capital saving or neutral. Little attention, however, has been given up to now to the question of how to make innovations resource efficient and/or energy saving. Secondly, innovation can be technological, organisational or social. Thirdly, and related to the aforementioned dimension of innovation, it can follow current and future market forces, or it can be shaped by societal needs, e.g. health, culture, ecology or social inclusiveness.

Governments intervene strongly in the innovation sector since private benefits are lower than public benefits due to the public good character of innovations. In doing so it makes sense that such governmental interventions should work also in favour of future goals and systemic change. If costs of environmental damages, climate change or scarcity of resources are underestimated in private decisions, innovation policy should use its leverage to encourage their inclusion. And if social innovations are slow, government has to accelerate them.

Industrial policy is often criticised for protecting existing priorities and vested interest, thereby holding back structural change. A forward-looking industrial policy has to support positive external effects and societal goals (European Commission 2010b, Aiginger 2007, Aiginger, Sieber 2006).


Research questions

  1. Which new trends in technology and in competitiveness exist in Europe with specific emphasis on skill intensive, technologically driven, and resource-intensive industries and sectors?
  2. How do these trends affect the process of catching-up for the new member states as well as the Southern peripheral members of the Euro area affected by the double-burden of lacking competitiveness and the sovereign-debt crisis?
  3. How can industrial and innovation policy promote a new path of social and ecological growth?
  4. What can clusters, entrepreneurship and academic research contribute to a new growth path?
  5. How can changes in research, innovation and industrial policies towards socio-ecological transition be coordinated between member states and the EU?


Publications

Reinhilde Veugelers, Do we have the right kind of diversity in innovation policies among EU member states? WWWforEurope Working Paper No. 108, August 2015

Jürgen Janger, Business science links for a new growth path, WWWforEurope Working Paper No. 107, August 2015

Andreas Reinstaller and Peter Reschenhofer, Path dependence in national systems of production and "self discovery" of environmental technologies in the EU 28 countries, WWWforEurope Working Paper No. 106, August 2015

David Bailey, Lisa De Propris and Jürgen Janger, Industrial and innovation policy as drivers of change, WWWforEurope Deliverable No. 9, August 2015

Alexander Ebner and Fabian Bocek, Best practices as to how to support investment in intangible assets, WWWforEurope Working Paper No. 101, June 2015

Johanna Vogel, Kurt Kratena and Kathrin Hranyai, The bias of technological change in Europe, WWWforEurope Working Paper No. 98, May 2015

Nabila Arfaoui, Eric Brouillat and Maïder Saint Jean, Credibility of the REACH Regulation: Lessons Drawn from an ABM, WWWforEurope Working Paper No. 92, March 2015

Claudia Ghisetti and Francesco Quatraro, Regulatory push-pull effects on innovation: an evaluation of the effects of the REACH regulation on patents in the chemical sector, WWWforEurope Working Paper No. 91, March 2015

Francesco Crespi, Claudia Ghisetti and Francesco Quatraro, Taxonomy of implemented policy instruments to foster the production of green technologies and improve environmental and economic performance, WWWforEurope Working Paper No. 90, March 2015

Alessandra Colombelli, Jackie Krafft and Francesco Quatraro, Eco-innovation and firm growth: Do green gazelles run faster? Microeconometric evidence from a sample of European firms, WWWforEurope Working Paper No. 88, March 2015

Claudio Baccianti and Andreas Löschel, Investment-specific vs. process innovation in a CGE model of environmental policy, WWWforEurope Working Paper No. 85, February 2015

Christian Ketels, Competitiveness and clusters: Implications for a new European growth strategy, WWWforEurope Working Paper No. 84, February 2015

Reinhilde Veugelers, What innovation policies for ecological transition? Powering the green innovation machine, WWWforEurope Working Paper No. 73, December 2014

Reinhilde Veugelers, The contribution of academic research to innovation and growth, WWWforEurope Working Paper No. 71, December 2014

Claudio Baccianti and Andreas Löschel, The role of product and process innovation in CGE models of environmental policy, WWWforEurope Working Paper No. 68, October 2014

Georg Licht, Bettina Peters, Christian Köhler and Franz Schwiebacher,  The potential contribution of innovation systems to socio-ecological transition, WWWforEurope Deliverable No. 4, September 2014

Georg Licht and Bettina Peters, Do green innovations stimulate employment? – Firm-level evidence from Germany, WWWforEurope Working Paper No. 53, February 2014

Georg Licht & Bettina Peters, The Impact of Green Innovation on Employment Growth in Europe, WWWforEurope Working Paper No. 50, December 2013

Birgit Aschhoff, Georg Licht & Paula Schliessler, Who Drives Smart Growth? The Contribution of Small and Young Firms to Inventions in Sustainable Technologies, WWWforEurope Working Paper No. 47, November 2013

Philip Amison & David Bailey,  Industrial Diversity and Innovation Spillovers: Dynamic Innovation and Adoption, WWWforEurope Working Paper No. 45, November 2013

Karl Aiginger, Susanne Bärenthaler-Sieber & Johanna Vogel,  Competitiveness under New Perspectives, WWWforEurope Working Paper No. 44, October 2013

Andreas Reinstaller, An Evolutionary View on Social Innovation and the Process of Economic Change, WWWforEurope Working Paper No. 43, October 2013

Jürgen Janger, Anna Strauss & David Campbell, Academic careers: a cross-country perspective, WWWforEurope Working Paper No. 37, August 2013

Jürgen Janger & Klaus Nowotny, Career choices in academia, WWWforEurope Working Paper No. 36, August 2013

Lisa De Propris & Carlo Corradini, Technology Platforms in Europe: an empirical investigation, WWWforEurope Working Paper No. 34, July 2013

Klaus Friesenbichler, Innovation in the energy sector, WWWforEurope Working Paper No. 31, July 2013

Martin Falk, New empirical findings for international investment in intangible assets, WWWforEurope Working Paper No. 30, July 2013

Ádám Török, Gyöngyi Csuka, Bernadett Kovács & Anita Veres, The "resurrection" of industrial policy in the European Union and its impact on industrial policy in the New Member Countries, WWWforEurope Working Paper No. 26, July 2013

Christian Grabas & Alexander Nützenadel, Industrial Policies in Europe in Historical Perspective, WWWforEurope Working Paper No. 15, July 2013

Christian Ketels & Sergiy Protsiv, Clusters and the New Growth Path for Europe WWWforEurope Working Paper No. 14, July 2013