Chair of Economic Policy and SME Research

Responsive Regulation of Innovation Behaviour for Sustainability (ReSINa)

Responsive Regulation of Innovation Behaviour for Sustainability (ReSINa): Subproject Economics

Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF): Funding Priority “Economics for Sustainability” (WiN2)

1 Sep 2010 – 28 Feb 2014

ReSINa is a BMBF funded project of the funding priority “Economics for Sustainability” (WiN2). It is a joint project of the University of Göttingen (cege – Center for European, Governance and Economic Development Research), the University of Augsburg (CEPRA – Centre for Performance Research & Analytics) and the College of Darmstadt (sofia – Society for Institutional Analysis). Within this project national economists cooperate with business economists and lawyers. Various business partners are also involved.

What is the project about?
The focus of the cege-project lies on the conditional framework in which businesses innovate with a special emphasis on the areas of chemicals / nanotechnology (REACH) and genetic engineering (GenTG). The project examines the existing regulation and its impact on the innovative behaviour of businesses. The main focus of the cege-project is the question, which incentives and constraints result from the current legal situation for the actors and which alternative design options could procure stronger incentives with regard to sustainability.

How do we proceed?
Based on the behavioural heuristics of the homo economicus institutionalis the institutional analysis systematically searches for the incentives and constraints actors are exposed to by the institutional setting. It is important to consider that in businesses actors differing with regard to their preferences, cognitive limitations and behaviour can take part in decisions. The mentioned characteristics can prevent them from innovating sustainably or notably encourage them to do so. The institutional analysis corroborates that approach empirically with qualitative and/or quantitative surveys as well as with experiments to evaluate different alternative regulations.

Expected Results:
In the theoretical part the cege-project adds a responsive regulation theory to sustainability economics for corporate innovations alongside the added value chains, which is based on behavioural theory. In the policy section, the project contributes insights into the effects of different instrument mixes in the regulation of nanomaterials, chemicals and genetic engineering. An application-oriented part expunds the development of concrete measures for corporate controlling of innovative businesses and the further development of law in the sense of a responsive regulation.

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Project partners

  • Prof. Dr. Kilian Bizer (Chair of Economic Policy and SME Research and Executive Director of the Center for European, Governance and Economic Development Research (cege), University of Göttingen)
  • Prof. Dr. Martin Führ (Chair for Public Law and Director of the Society for Institutional Analysis (sofia), College of Darmstadt)
  • Prof. Dr. Klaus Möller (Director of the Center for Performance Research & Analytics (CEPRA), University of Augsburg)
  • Prof. Dr. Tobias Stoll (Chair for Public Law and member of the cege board of directors, University of Göttingen)

Co-operation partners

  • Wittenstein AG, Freudenberg Dichtungs- und Schwingungstechnik GmbH & Co KG, Heraeus GmbH, Chemical Industry Association (VCI)