Regional co-evolution of firm population, innovation and public research? Evidence from the West German laser industry

Prof. Guido Buenstorf, University of Kassel (Germany)

(joint paper with Ann-Kathrin Blankenberg)
We explore the regional co-evolution of firm population size, private-sector patenting and public research in the empirical context of German laser research and manufacturing over more than 40 years from the emergence of the industry to the mid-2000s. Based on a review of qualitative work as well as quantitative analyses, the evidence is suggestive of a co-evolutionary process of mutual interdependence rather than a unidirectional effect of public research on private-sector activities.

About the speaker
Guido Buenstorf is a professor of economics at the University of Kassel (Germany). He also is affiliated with the University of Aalborg (Denmark), the Halle Institute of Economic Research (IWH), and the International Centre of Higher Education Research (INCHER-Kassel). Guido received his doctoral degree in economics from Friedrich Schiller University Jena and, prior to joining the University of Kassel, was a research group leader at the Max Planck Institute of Economics. His areas of scholarly interest include industrial dynamics, innovation, regional economics and the economics of science.

Venue: Room A1.22 (TS53)

Date: 03 December 2014

Time: 12:00 - 14:00  CET