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Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research

Innovation is an important source of economic growth. However, it can entail high economic and social costs. In the economics department at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, a team of researchers focuses on issues in the field of innovation and entrepreneurship. Its objective is to investigate the determinants, outcomes and implications of innovation and entrepreneurship processes.

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Field of Research
IPR Systems, Innovation and Competition


Field of Research
Science, Research and Innovation Policies


Field of Research
Innovation Management


Field of Research
Entrepreneurship and Innovation


Field of Research
Innovation Motives and Behavior


Individuals or organizations pursue innovation for different reasons and in different ways. The studies in this field of research seek to understand these different forms of behaviors and motives leading to innovative outcomes. Some of the observed behaviors are difficult to reconcile with classical economics assumptions and thus of particular interest. To get a better understanding of the factors causing innovation, innovation motives and performance are analyzed at different levels, i.e., the individual, team, organizational and regional level. Recourse to the econlab is of particular relevance for these studies.


Intellectual Property and Competition Law

Entry Analysis in Latin American Competition Law Enforcement – Why Development Matters

Francisco Beneke

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research


Prof. Dietmar Harhoff, Ph.D., Prof. Dr. Kai Konrad (Max-Planck-Institut für Steuerrecht und Öffentliche Finanzen)

Further research project
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research

Information Disclosure in Open Non-Binding Procurement Auctions

Dr. Sebastian Stoll, Gregor Zöttl (LMU München)

Further research project
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research

The Role of Incentives on Creativity

Dr. Marco Kleine