Dr. Rainer Widmann

Senior Research Fellow

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research

+49 89 24246-568
rainer.widmann(at)ip.mpg.de

Curriculum Vitae

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Persönliche Webseite:

www.rainerwidmann.com

Arbeitsbereiche:

Innovations- und Wissenschaftspolitik, Mobilität, Arbeitsmärkte, Anreize in Organisationen, politische Ökonomik

Wissenschaftlicher Werdegang

Seit 08/2018
Postdoc und wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter am Max-Planck-Institut für Innovation und Wettbewerb (Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research)

09/2012 - 07/2018
Promotion (Ph.D.) an der Kellogg School of Management. Dissertation: „Essays on Economics of Innovation“

10/2010 - 07/2012
Studium der Volkswirtschaftslehre (M.Sc.) am Vienna Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS)

09/2006 - 01/2010
Studium der Politikwissenschaften (B.A.) an der Universität Wien

09/2006 - 06/2010
Studium der Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften (B.Sc.) an der Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien

Stipendien und Ehrungen

2017 - 2018
General Motors Research Center Disseration Fellowship, Kellogg School of Management

2012 - 2017
Ph.D. Stipendium, Kellogg School of Management

2011
Austrian Lottery Award, Vienna Institute for Advanced Studies

2010 - 2012
Stipendium des Vienna Institute for Advanced Studies

Working Papers

The Effect of Government Research Grants on Firm Innovation: Theory and Evidence from Austria
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This paper examines the effect of government research grants on firms’ patenting outcomes. Discontinuities in the funding decisions of the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) allow me to study the effect of public funding in a large sample of Austrian firms. My estimates suggest that a government research grant increases the propensity to file a patent application with the European Patent Office within 4 years by around 10 percentage points. Stronger effects appear for established firms of advanced age. I present evidence that established firms undertake ambitious research projects when they receive grants. Finally, I interpret the findings in an ”exploration vs. exploitation” model in which the government agency addresses inefficiency in the direction of research.

Immigrant inventors and local income taxes: evidence from Swiss municipalities
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This paper studies the relationship between local personal income tax rates and the attractiveness of municipalities as residential locations for immigrant inventors in Switzerland. Exploiting sharp differences in top income tax rates across state borders, I find an elasticity of the probability that an inventor locates in a municipality with respect to the top net-of-tax rate of around 3.54. I present additional evidence that suggests that local income tax rates affect the localization of entrepreneurial activity of immigrant inventors.

Vorträge

26.11.2019
Immigrant Inventors and Local Income Taxes: Evidence from Swiss Municipalities
Seminar, TU München
Ort: München


18.09.2019
Immigrant Inventors and Local Income Taxes: Evidence from Swiss Municipalities
Seminar, EPFL Lausanne
Ort: Lausanne, Schweiz


26.11.2019
The Effect of Government Research Grants on Firm Innovation Theory and Evidence from Austria
Seminar, Ohio State University
Ort: Columbus, Ohio, USA


17.06.2019
Immigrant Inventors and Local Income Taxes: Evidence from Swiss Municipalities
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Innovation Seminar
Ort: München


20.05.2019
Immigrant Inventors and Local Income Taxes: Evidence from Swiss Municipalities
Swiss Workshop on Local Public Finance and Regional Economics, University of Lugano
Ort: Lugano, Schweiz


17.05.2019
The Effect of Government Research Grants on Firm Innovation Theory and Evidence from Austria
8th Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung/MaCCI Conference on the Economics of Innovation and Patenting, Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung
Ort: Mannheim


Lehrerfahrung

2013 - 2017

Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter

Kellogg School of Management

2011 - 2012

Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter

Vienna Institute for Advanced Studies

2009 - 2010

Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter

Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien