Research, Innovation and Technological Performance in Germany (Report 2009)

EFI Report 2009

140 Pages Posted: 7 Jul 2009

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Ann‐Kristin Achleitner

Technische Universität München - Center for Entrepreneurial and Financial Studies

Jutta Allmendinger

Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung (WZB) - Social Science Research Center Berlin

Hariolf Grupp

Karlsruhe University - KIT; Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (ISI)

Dietmar Harhoff

Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition; Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Patrick Llerena

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Joachim Luther

Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS)

Gero Stenke

Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin)

Ulrich Schmoch

Fraunhofer Institut für Systemtechnik und Innovationsforschung

Petra Meurer

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Ulbricht Lena

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: July 7, 2009

Abstract

On behalf of the German Federal Government, the Commission of Experts for Research and Innovation presents its second report. This was originally intended to be a “short” report, in which the key indicators of research and development were up-dated and commented on. However, the Expert Commission has decided to do much more than this, and recommends a series of measures to further strengthen the innovation potential of Germany. In particular in the present economic diffi culties, research and innovation policies have a central role to play.

The challenges faced are varied and were already named in the EFI Report 2008. The conditions for the financing of innovations are still not ideal in Germany. The weaknesses of the educational system are already having negative consequences and in the mediumterm could represent an existential threat to the innovation potential. The high degree of specialisation in a few manufacturing sectors is an expression of the particular German strengths, but it also creates dependencies and risks.

Because research and innovation policies are only effective over the medium- to long-term, these problems cannot be solved within a short period of time. But politicians must act more rapidly than in the past. The opportunity of introducing fiscal support for research and development has unfortunately not been seized, and the measures introduced by the Federal Government to improve investment fi nancing are not at all convincing.

In this second report we consider other fields of action: the intensification of knowledge and technology transfer, increasing the attractiveness of science as an employment opportunity, and the promotion of innovation processes in small and medium-sized enterprises, in particular in sectors of the knowledge-intensive services.

Keywords: Public policy, Research, Innovation

JEL Classification: O31, O32, O38

Suggested Citation

Achleitner, Ann-Kristin and Allmendinger, Jutta and Grupp, Hariolf and Harhoff, Dietmar and Llerena, Patrick and Luther, Joachim and Stenke, Gero and Schmoch, Ulrich and Meurer, Petra and Lena, Ulbricht, Research, Innovation and Technological Performance in Germany (Report 2009) (July 7, 2009). EFI Report 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1430820 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1430820

Ann-Kristin Achleitner (Contact Author)

Technische Universität München - Center for Entrepreneurial and Financial Studies ( email )

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Jutta Allmendinger

Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung (WZB) - Social Science Research Center Berlin ( email )

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Hariolf Grupp

Karlsruhe University - KIT ( email )

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Dietmar Harhoff

Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition ( email )

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Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München ( email )

Munich, 80539
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Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

London
United Kingdom

Patrick Llerena

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Joachim Luther

Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS) ( email )

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Gero Stenke

Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin) ( email )

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Germany

Ulrich Schmoch

Fraunhofer Institut für Systemtechnik und Innovationsforschung ( email )

Petra Meurer

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Ulbricht Lena

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

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