5th SEEK Conference

Overcoming the Crisis: How to Foster Innovation and Entrepreneurship in a Diverging European Economy

5th SEEK Conference (Mannheim, October 8-9, 2015)

The financial crisis and the future of the European Union are still in the focus of the academic and policy debates. A strategy to achieve recovery in Europe refers to boosting investment in infrastructures and R&D, innovation, and entrepreneurship to generate sustainable economic growth. This 5th annual conference of the ZEW research programme "Strengthening Efficiency and Competitiveness in the European Knowledge Economies" (SEEK) brings together policy-makers, business leaders and outstanding scholars. They will discuss if the European economic environment is sufficiently conducive to the creation of new business and which key factors and policies are missing to effectively foster entrepreneurial success.

The academic sessions will focus on three main topics: I. Fostering effective innovation and technology adoption II. The impact of ICT on productivity and growth III. Competition and regulation.

We seek high-quality academic papers in the following areas:

  • R&D and innovation policy
  • Industry-science links
  • Innovation and growth
  • Open innovation and IPR systems
  • ICT-enabled innovation and growth
  • Digitalisation and firm strategies
  • Digital networks and peerproductivity
  • Competition, regulation and technological progress in network industries
  • Innovation in network industries and externalities
  • Joint R&D strategies and standardisation in network industries
  • Peter Praet, Executive board member and chief economist of the European Central Bank
  • Mario Monti, Chairman of the High-level Group on Own Resources of the European Union, former Prime Minister of Italy (2011-2013), former European Commissioner for the Internal Market, Services, Customs and Taxation (1995-1999) and for Competition (1999-2004)
  • Via Video Conferencing: Andreas von Bechtolsheim, Co-founder of Sun Microsystems, Google investor, founder and chairman of Arista
  • Ufuk Akcigit (University of Chicago/National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER))
  • Tommaso Valletti (Imperial College London)
  • Jim Bessen (Boston University)
  • Georg von Graevenitz (University of London)
  • Tobias Kretschmer (University of Munich)
  • Michael Pollitt (University of Cambridge)
  • Axel Pols (Bitkom Research GmbH)
  • Ingo Vogelsang (Boston University)
  • Daron Acemoglu (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
  • Bronwyn Hall (University of California Berkeley)
  • Kai Konrad (Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance, Munich)
  • Josh Lerner (Harvard Business School)
  • Stephen Machin (University College London)
  • Pierre Mohnen (UNUMERIT Maastricht)
  • Fabrizio Zilibotti (University of Zurich)
  • Clemens Fuest (ZEW Mannheim)
  • Georg Licht (ZEW Mannheim)