Verena Mertins

Dissertation Topic
Institutional Economic Analysis of the Promotion of Innovation: A Theoretical and Empirical Examination Using the Example of Lower Saxony

Brief Description
Looking at the Lower Saxon Innovation Promotion Programme, this paper determines the way in which promotion of innovation can be designed to unfold optimal potential by analysing the various participating actors regarding their institutional embedding, interests and behavioral patterns. For this purpose, the theoretical approaches of new institutional economics and the theory of entrepreneurship are interrelated. The theoretically derived hypotheses are verified empirically by a survey among Lower Saxon businesses. The extracted results enable a more effective promotion, from which the region and its citizens as well as involved businesses can profit.

Period of Dissertation
2005 - 2008