Innovation Policy

January 31, 2019

Conducting business should be a peaceful experience for entrepreneurs. Nonetheless, every so often, something goes wrong between the parties in a deal.

January 24, 2019

Investments are fundamental for entrepreneurial action. The IW-Economist Hubertus Bardt explains in his contribution how the word market is changing and which investment projects are necessary for the German economy.

January 20, 2019

SINCE THE DAYS of the first Ford Model T, cars have come a long way. Modern cars have embraced new technological innovations that now offer improved steering, transmission system, safety gears, and GPS navigators for enhanced luxury and optimized performance.

January 2, 2019

This special analysis of the patent database maintained by the German Economic Institute (IW) examines how migration is contributing to Germany's innovative power. A first name database, enabling a socio-demographic analysis of all investors living in Germany between 2005 and 2016, was developed specifically for this purpose.

January 1, 2019

The Oakland A’s have proposed the construction of a gondola system that will carry passengers from Washington St. and 10th St. in Old Oakland to Washington St. and Water St. in Jack London Square.

November 9, 2018

In a new discussion paper, President and Co-founder Paul Hofheinz and Deputy Director and Senior Fellow Luukas K. Ilves take a look at the coming challenge – and strategic advantage – for a renewed European digital agenda under the incoming European Commission. The discussion paper looks at three key tests Europe faces: 1) An incomplete single market; 2) an incomplete digital society, and 3) the absence of global digital champions coming from within Europe and proposes an Eight-Point Action Plan for the European institutions and the incoming European Commission. Among the key recommendations are “complete the single market,” upgrade the digital AND the single-market dossiers in a commission restructuring, use co-creation and “design thinking” in policymaking and commit to an “Every European Digital” programme to end Europe’s digital divide.

November 6, 2018

In a refreshing change of pace for the government, which has been reeling under challenging economic circumstances of late, the release of the World Bank’s Doing Business report last week provided some respite.

October 31, 2018

A market for electricity has a salutary effect on the behaviour of all the participants in the generation and supply of electricity.

October 17, 2018

In a curious happenstance last week, two global events put the spotlight on the critical issue of climate change.

October 5, 2018

Critics of the new IP rules seem to think Canada is a technology backwater incapable of fully securing its rightful place in the world trading order, writes Richard Owens.