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7th Conference on Micro Evidence on Innovation in Developing Economies (MEIDE)

Santiago de Chile
November 7-8, 2013

Organizing Team:
Pierre Mohnen (UNU-MERIT)
Pluvia Zuniga (UNU-MERIT and World Bank)
Gustavo Crespi (IDB)
Mikael Larsson (IDB)
Jose Miguel Benavente (Nucleo INTELIS and UAI)
Rodolfo Lauterbach (Nucleo INTELIS and DICTUC)

In collaboration with:
Instituto Nacional de Propiedad Industrial (INAPI)
Nucleo Milenio INTELIS
Universidad Adolfo Ibañez (UAI)
World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

UNU-MERIT (United Nations University - Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology) is pleased to announce that the 7th Conference on Micro Evidence on Innovation in Developing Economies (MEIDE) will be held on November 7-8, 2013 in Santiago de Chile. This year’s conference will be co-organized with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the Nucleo Milenio INTELIS, the Universidad Adolfo Ibañez (UAI) and the Instituto Nacional de Propiedad Industrial (INAPI) of Chile.

The aim of this conference is to bring together researchers from around the world to discuss the importance of innovation for economic development and growth. This year we would like to emphasize research on novel collaborative approaches to research and innovation, and the role of intellectual property rights (IPRs) in innovation strategies and economic performance. Collaborative links –cross-sector (public-private), intra-sector (value chains) cross-industries and geographical (local and international) are nowadays a fundamental piece of innovation strategies in both public and private organizations. They are increasingly important innovation strategies in developing countries and in many cases deemed essential to accomplish certain research and innovation agendas. Collaborative approaches are also considered to be important for the emergence of New Technology Based Firms (NTBF).

The Conference will also welcome studies that evaluate the effects of IPRs systems on firm innovation and economic performance; the different channels through which IPRs can enhance (or hinder) firms’ economic competences; strategies to protect innovation -formal and informal-; and the role of IPRs in public research organizations and universities. Priority will be given to empirical studies that are devoted to developing countries and that are based on micro data, such as innovation surveys, R&D surveys, firm and household surveys, patents, publications, or research grants. There is also room for methodological and theoretical papers as well as for evidence from case studies.

Examples of topics to be covered are:

Innovation, Collaborative Approaches and New Technology Based Firms

  • Innovation strategies (internal and external acquisition of knowledge and technology), the role of collaborative links (local and global), and open innovation practices
  • Productivity effects of innovation: R&D and non-R&D innovation investments, collaborative R&D and non-R&D activities
  • Non-technological innovations –drivers, adoption, public policy, performance effects
  • Innovation and scientific diaspora links
  • International knowledge linkages –foreign direct investment, joint ventures, technology licensing and R&D consortiums or joint labs- and firm innovation
  • Innovation and technology transfer in universities and public institutions
  • Innovation and public-private R&D consortiums
  • Innovation and public goods  -education, health, human capital, and social capital
  • Innovation and employment effects –skilled and non-skilled effects, large firms and SMEs
  • Innovation investment, access to finance and the role of financial institutions
  • Research and innovation policy –impact evaluations
  • Innovation and technology extension services –agriculture, manufacturing, services.
  • Innovation metrics in developing countries –new developments
  • Innovation and social inclusion
  • Incubators, technology parks and new technology based firms.

The role of Intellectual Property Rights in Innovation and Economic Performance

  • Appropriation strategies (formal and informal) of innovation by firms and their contribution to firm economic performance
  • Who uses the IPR system and obstacles to the use of formal protection mechanisms (distinction between large firms and SMEs; multinational and domestic firms)
  • Patenting and technology transfer mechanisms (distinction between multinational and domestic firms, individual inventors and firms)
  • IPRs and Technology Transfer in universities and public institutions
  • Patenting by foreign firms and consequences for domestic industry (learning and spillovers; licensing and foreign direct investment; patenting, trade and innovation effects )
  • Individual inventors and commercialization of patents, industrial designs and utility models
  • Value of patents in developing countries
  • Patenting strategies of firms in developing countries (co-patenting, local and foreign patenting)

Scientific Committee
Roberto Alvarez (Nucleo INTELIS and University of Chile)
Théophile Azomahou (UNU-MERIT and Maastricht University)
Jose Miguel Benavente (Nucleo INTELIS and UAI)
Gustavo Crespi (IDB)
Carsten Fink (WIPO)
Fred Gault (UNU-MERIT and Tschwane University, South Africa)
Dominique Guellec (OECD)
Bronwyn Hall (UNU-MERIT and Maastricht University)
Christian Helmers (Universidad Carlos III)
Norbert Janz (UNU-MERIT and Applied University in Aachen)
Mikael Larsson (IDB)
Jacques Mairesse (UNU-MERIT and Maastricht University)
Pierre Mohnen (UNU-MERIT and Maastricht University)
Kazuyuki Motohashi (Tokyo Center for Economic Research (TCER), University of Tokyo and RIETI)
Pluvia Zuniga (UNU-MERIT)

Submission: Researchers are invited to submit a two to three-page extended abstract by July 15, 2013. The proposals should explain motivation of the study, framework, methodology and data employed, and preliminary results. Please submit using the submission form online. If your proposal is accepted, a formal invitation form will be sent to you, upon request, for application of visas.

Important dates:
Submission deadline: July 15, 2013.         
Notification of acceptance: August 15, 2013
Sending paper to organizers: October 31, 2013
Conference: November 7-8, 2013

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