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Topics to Be Funded

Innovation, firm creation and new technologies

Policies to foster innovation, firm creation, and new technologies; their impact on productivity and job creation.

Research topics might include: Impact of ICT and broadband infrastructure on innovation and productivity growth; a new system of patent protection in Europe; impact of key proposals of the first and second Single Market Acts; effects of innovation-friendly tax systems: impact on research and developement (R&D), incentives to start and finance innovative young and growing firms and other types of corporate investment; European tax strategy to foster cross-border economic activity within the EU; innovative and efficient public administration

Energy and the environment

Energy and environmental policy as a driver of smart economic growth.

Research topics might include:Design of an EU energy and environmental policy that benefits environmental quality and economic growth; analysis and evaluation of climate, energy and environmental policies, their economic impact on firms, sectors, and countries, as well as their effect on innovation and economic growth

Inclusive labour markets

Labour market policies that help to overcome the high unemployment rate in Europe.

Research topics might include: Econometric assessment of labour market, social, education and family policies with regard to their impact on individual employment chances, income and social inclusion; effects of the Youth Opportunities Initiative; labour market effects of skill-biased technological change; effective human resource management practices in firms; conditions for successful school-to-work transitions and vocational training

European Fiscal and Banking Union

Governance structures, in particular with regard to a Fiscal and Banking Union in Europe.

Research topics might include: European fiscal capacity (e.g. European income tax, European system of fiscal equalization, European unemployment insurance), the European Fiscal Compact, crisis resolution mechanisms; financial sector regulation, European banking supervision, early warning indicators for systemic crises in financial markets, common European bank restructuring mechanism, common European system of deposit insurance, coordination of national fiscal policies and taxation systems; policies to address international tax avoidance and evasion.

Under the SEEK funding periods 2010-2013 research projects to the following topics have been funded:

  • Generation of Knowledge and Innovations
    Research on issues such as: Formal and informal processes of human capital formation; investments in intangible capital including Research, Development and Innovation (R&D&I) and information technologies (incentives, complementarities, institutions); organisation of R&D&I; efficiency of knowledge markets; determinants of the direction of technological change (e.g. environmental innovations); economic policy requirements and decision processes: budgetary decisions, voters’ preferences on future investments; financing of human capital formation; and R&D&I in the public and private sector.
  • Diffusion and Adoption of Knowledge and Innovations
    Research on issues such as: Efficient mechanisms for the adoption of new technologies and innovations; incentives for the diffusion of new technologies and their impacts (ICT, energy & green technologies); education, learning processes, knowledge diffusion, and network externalities; innovation financing and adoption; formation of expectations on new markets and products.
  • The Use of Knowledge by Entrepreneurs and Industries
    Research on issues such as: Knowledge as a production factor and complementary investments; efficient use of internal and external resources; IT-based knowledge management; governance mechanisms for efficient knowledge use; firm-level organisational change; knowledge-based industries; and intersectoral knowledge flows.
  • Consequences of a Knowledge-Based Economy
    Research on issues such as: Innovations, technology shocks and their implications for economic growth; income and wealth distribution; changes in task and skill requirements; employment consequences of innovation, skill-biased technological change, and internationalisation processes; impact of financial innovation on the real economy; effects of new technologies on social interactions.
  • Challenges of a Knowledge-Based Economy for Economic Policy
    Research on issues such as: Strengthening R&D&I and intellectual property rights; tax incentives for intangible capital investments; strategies to meet skill requirements; regulation, innovation, and financial-sector stability; strategies to improve knowledge-production efficiency in the public sector; R&D&I policies in Europe's multi-tiered government system.