Seminar  |  11.03.2020 | 12:00  –  13:30

Innovation & Entrepreneurship Seminar: How Do Nascent Social Entrepreneurs Respond to Rewards? A Field Experiment on Motivations in a Grant Competition

Marieke Huysentruyt (HEC)

Max-Planck-Institut für Innovation und Wettbewerb, München, Raum 313


We conducted a field experiment to identify the causal effects of extrinsic incentive cues on the sorting and performance of nascent social entrepreneurs. The experiment, carried out with one of the United Kingdom's largest support agencies for social entrepreneurs, encouraged 431 nascent social entrepreneurs to submit a full application for a grant competition that provides cash and in-kind mentorship support through a one-time mailing sent by the agency. The applicants were randomly assigned to one of three groups: one group received a standard mailing that emphasized the intrinsic incentives of the program, or the opportunity to do good (Social treatment), and the other two groups received a mailing that instead emphasized the extrinsic incentives - either the financial rewards (Cash treatment) or the in-kind rewards (Support treatment). Our results show that an emphasis on extrinsic incentives strongly affects who applies for the grant and consequently the type of submissions received. The extrinsic reward cues "crowded out" the more prosocial candidates, leading fewer candidates to apply and fewer applicants targeting disadvantaged groups. Importantly, while the full applications submitted by candidates in the extrinsic incentives groups were more successful in receiving the grant, their social enterprises were less likely to be successful at the end of the one-year grant period. Our results highlight the critical role of intrinsic motives to the selection and performance of social enterprises and suggest that using extrinsic incentives to promote the development of successful social enterprises may backfire in the longer run. (Joint work with Ina Ganguli and Chloé Le Coq)


Ansprechpartnerin: Dr. Marina Chugunova

Seminar  |  18.03.2020 | 12:00  –  13:30

Innovation & Entrepreneurship Seminar: Doctoral Training Outside the University

Guido Buenstorf (Universität Kassel)

Max-Planck-Institut für Innovation und Wettbewerb, München, Raum 313


Doctoral Training Outside the University:
Public Research Institutes, Industry and Human Capital Formation in the German System of Research and Innovation


Defying global trends, non-university public research organizations (PROs) continue to be key players in Germany’s research landscape. As part of their activities, they provide the work environment for large numbers of PhD students who are then graduated by universities. Similarly, private-sector firms employ substantial numbers of industrial PhD students. Both PROs and the private sector thus help provide human capital for the German system of research and innovation, even though their contribution has been difficult to assess due to limited data availability. In this paper, we employ a unique dataset based on a large-scale record linkage approach to trace how the roles of PROs and firms in doctoral training developed over the past two decades. Our results for about 50,000 STEM PhDs graduated from 1995 to 2013 indicate that across cohorts, increasing shares of STEM PhDs remain employed in academia upon graduation. This trend is accompanied by diminishing shares of PhDs obtaining high incomes, and it is even more pronounced for PhDs who did their dissertation research at PROs. In contrast, we observe a low and over time decreasing probability of industrial PhDs to migrate into academia. Despite reforms aimed at increasing the vertical differentiation of the university sector, our data do not suggest an increasing premium of being trained at top-tier universities. We also study the attainment of leadership and research positions and analyze a subsample of regionally immobile PhDs to explore how strategic location choices relate to the observed patterns.


Kontakt: Michael E. Rose

Tagung  |  24.03.2020, 10:00  –  26.03.2020, 17:00

Smart IP for Latin America – Congreso Anual 2020

Inacayal, Agentinien

Veranstalter: Max-Planck-Institut für Innovation und Wettbewerb, Universität Buenos Aires (UBA)

Seminar  |  25.03.2020 | 12:00  –  13:30

Innovation & Entrepreneurship Seminar: Public R&D Support and Firm Performance – A Multivariate Dose-Response Analysis

Øivind Nilsen (Norwegian School of Economics)

Max-Planck-Institut für Innovation und Wettbewerb, München, Raum 313


We analyse all the major sources of direct and indirect research and development (R&D) support to the business enterprise sector in a single country, Norway, for the period 2002–2013, treating the financial support for R&D from several instruments as a multivariate dose exposure. The output additionality of support to regular (incumbent) R&D-performing firms, which obtain almost half of all R&D support to business enterprises, is insignificant for any instrument or policy mixture. However, the estimated additionality of support to R&D-inactive start-up firms, which obtain about one quarter of all R&D support, is generally positive. In this firm category, the main instruments for direct R&D support in Norway generate signif-icantly less output and economic activity per NOK 1 million in support than do tax credits, despite the fact these instruments manage large project portfolios at considerable administrative costs. We do not identify positive effects of R&D support on labour productivity or the return on assets for any of the instruments. (Joint work with Arvid Raknerud and Diana Cristina Iancu)


Ansprechpartner: David Heller

Seminar  |  01.04.2020 | 12:00  –  13:30

Preview: Innovation & Entrepreneurship Seminar mit Ramana Nanda (Harvard Business School)

Max-Planck-Institut für Innovation und Wettbewerb, München, Raum 313

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Seminar  |  20.05.2020 | 12:00  –  13:30

Preview: Innovation & Entrepreneurship Seminar mit Orsola Garofalo (Copenhagen Business School)

Max-Planck-Institut für Innovation und Wettbewerb, München, Raum 313

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Tagung  |  02.06.2020, 09:00  –  04.06.2020, 18:00

Munich Summer Institute 2020

Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften

From 2 to 4 June 2020, the Center for Law & Economics at ETH Zurich, the Chair for Technology and Innovation Management at TUM, the Institute for Strategy, Technology and Organization at LMU Munich and the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition will jointly organize the fifth Munich Summer Institute.


The Summer Institute will focus on three areas:

The goal of the Munich Summer Institute is to stimulate a rigorous in-depth discussion of a select number of research papers and to strengthen the interdisciplinary international research community in these areas. Researchers in economics, law, management and related fields at all stages of their career (from Ph.D. students to full professors) may attend the Munich Summer Institute as presenters in a plenary or a poster session, as discussants or as attendants. The Munich Summer Institute will feature three keynote lectures, 18 plenary presentations and a daily poster session (including a poster slam). Paper presentations will be grouped by topics, not discipline or method. The Munich Summer Institute will be held at the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities in the heart of Munich. Participation is by invitation only. The organizers will fund travel and hotel expenses for all plenary speakers and hotel expenses for all poster presenters and invited discussants.


Keynote speakers are:

Paper submission procedure

Researchers who would like to present a paper are invited to submit their paper online until 29 February 2020, at  http://editorialexpress.com/conference/msi2020. The Munich Summer Institute only considers papers which have not been published or accepted for publication at the date of submission. Paper selections will be announced in early April 2020. The program of the Munich Summer Institute will be available in early May 2020. Final papers will be made available to conference participants on a public website, and are due on 1 May 2020. Researchers who would like to attend the Munich Summer Institute without giving a presentation should contact one of the organizers by 1 May 2020.


Further information

More information is available at the MSI website. Any questions concerning the Munich Summer Institute should be directed to Stefan Bechtold, Jörg Claussen, Dietmar Harhoff, Joachim Henkel, Hanna Hottenrott or Tobias Kretschmer.

Seminar  |  08.07.2020 | 12:00  –  13:30

Preview: Innovation & Entrepreneurship Seminar mit Sanjeev Goyal (University of Cambridge)

Max-Planck-Institut für Innovation und Wettbewerb, München, Raum 313

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