Kathrin Wernsdorf, M.Sc.

Doctoral Student and Junior Research Fellow

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research

+49 89 24246-582
kathrin.wernsdorf(at)ip.mpg.de

Areas of Interest:

Economics of Innovation, Economics of Science, Digitalization, Labor Mobility

Academic Résumé

Since 10/2019
Junior Research Fellow at Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition (Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research)
Doctoral Candidate at the LMU Munich Graduate School of Economics, Graduate Programme ‘Evidence-Based Economics’

08/2018 - 10/2018
Internship, Deutsche Bundesbank (Department: Financial Stability), Frankfurt am Main

01/2018 - 01/2019
Research Assistant, Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition (Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research)

10/2017 - 09/2019
Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Economics, LMU Munich

06/2016 - 08/2016
Internship, Barclays Bank (Department: Risk Analytics), London

03/2015
Spring Insight Programme, Barclays Bank, London

09/2014 - 06/2017
Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Economics, University of Mannheim

Honors, Scholarships, Academic Prizes

09/2020
Nomination for EPIP 2020 Young Scholar Award in Economics/Management

07/2014
Award of the German Mathematics Association

10/2012
Award for High Academic Achievements and Excellence in Physics, Chemistry and Scientific

Mathematics of Lester B. Pearson High School Montréal, Canada

Publications

Discussion Papers

Wernsdorf, Kathrin; Nagler, Markus; Watzinger, Martin (2020). ICT, Collaboration, and Science-Based Innovation: Evidence from BITNET, CESifo Working Paper, No. 8646.

  • Does access to information and communication technologies (ICT) increase innovation? We examine this question by exploiting the staggered adoption of BITNET across U.S. universities in the 1980s. BITNET, an early version of the Internet, enabled e-mail-based knowledge exchange and collaboration among academics. After the adoption of BITNET, university-connected inventors increase patenting substantially. The effects are driven by collaborative patents by new inventor teams. The patents induced by ICT are exclusively science-related and stem from fields where knowledge can be codified easily. In contrast, we neither find an effect on patents not building on science nor on inventors unconnected to universities.
  • Available at SSRN
  • Also published as: Max Planck Institute for Innovation & Competition Research Paper No. 20-18

Presentations

11.12.2020
ICT, Collaboration, and Science-Based Innovation: Evidence from BITNET
Joint PhD Workshop on Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Competition
Location: online (Mannheim)


07.10.2020
Time for Progress: Does Demand Trigger Innovation?
EBE Research Strategy Seminar
Location: online (Munich)


11.09.2020
The Impact of BITNET on Inventors
EPIP 2020
Location: online (Madrid, Spain)


07.09.2020
Time for Progress: Does Demand Trigger Innovation?
Research Seminar, Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition
Location: online


27.07.2020
The Value of Unpublished Projects
LMU Innovation Workshop
Location: online (Munich)


04.03.2020
The Value of Unpublished Projects
Research Seminar, Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition
Location: Zugspitze


25.11.2019
The Impact of BITNET on Inventors
LMU Munich Innovation Workshop
Location: Munich


03.09.2019
The Impact of BITNET on Inventors
Research Seminar, Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition
Location: Tutzing


14.03.2019
Digitization and Firm Innovation: Does the Degree of Digitization Exert A Different Influence on Product Innovation and Process Innovation?
IWH Halle
Location: Halle

Courses

Summer 2020
Multinational Firms
Tutorial (Bachelor)
Location: LMU Munich


Summer 2020
Competition and Regulation Policy in the Digital Economy
Seminar (Bachelor)
Location: LMU Munich