Trials

The Impact of Intellectual Property Protection on Firm Outcomes: Evidence from a Randomised Controlled Trial

To what extent does patent protection change product market outcomes?

The granting of patent rights is a central public policy tool to incentivise innovation, but the incentive that patents offer works indirectly. Rather than directly subsidising R&D costs (as in other mechanisms, such as tax credits), or attempting to make up for any differences between the public and private incentives to research, patents provide incentive through product market protection.

Corporate Nudging & Intrapreneurship

Can subtle non-monetary nudges be used to influence intrapreneurial behaviour in a large corporation?

Intrapreneurship, or bottom-up entrepreneurial activities by employees from existing firms, can be an important source of innovation and organisational growth. Management of intrapreneurship, however, is highly complex as it is typically considered discretionary behaviour and is generally not formalised in job descriptions.  Innovation competitions is one way to stimulate this type of behaviour within firms

From our blog

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Reflections on the feedback collected in Boston during the 'Simulation for innovation policy' session at IGL2018.

Friday, 20 July 2018

There are two necessary ingredients for any entrepreneurial endeavour: good people and good ideas. The two may be complementary in that good people are more likely to generate good ideas. But the best of ideas may not translate into a successful business if they lie in the hands of the wrong team.

Thursday, 12 July 2018

It’s difficult to summarise all the discussions at IGL2018 in Boston. With over 70 speakers, 10 keynotes and debates, 14 hand-on practical sessions, and participants from more than 20 countries, there was plenty of interesting conversations both on stage and during the breaks.

IGL Winter Research Meeting December 2018
IGL will host a Winter Research Meeting & PhD Workshop on 12 and 13 December 2018 at Nesta in London, UK.
Experimental innovation and growth policy
Despite the importance of innovation and high-growth entrepeneurship for economic growth, there is still too little evidence on how best to support them. We believe that we need a more experimental approach to innovation and growth policy, trialling new instruments but also evaluating them more rigorously.

Our partners

IGL is an international initiative led by Nesta in partnership with several public and private organisations around the world.

Our research network

The IGL Research Network includes researchers from around the world working on randomised trials related to innovation, high-growth entrepreneurship and growth.

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  • Dietmar Harhoff
    Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition
  • Inés Macho-Stadler
    Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona
  • Marco Kleine
    Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition
  • Christopher Tucci
    École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

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