Innovation, Diffusion and Transformation Processes
The research group focuses on contemporary socio-economic problems and developments, as well as its causes and consequences.
- the causes and consequences of economic growth, technological and structural change
- the history of economic thought and economic history
- the diffusion of innovations and ideas
- multi-level socio-economic transformation processes
Research questions include:
- How do ideas and convictions spread?
- How do economic ideas influence formal and non-formal institutional change?
- What is the long-period background of the evolution of institutions, knowledge/innovation systems and the income distribution?
- What innovative capacity and adoption potential do countries have with regard to general purpose technologies and other forms of technological change?
- What role does the policy framework and institutional setting play in the innovation system?
- What are the socio-economic consequences of (radical) technological change?
- What are the characteristic features and effects of technological transformation and structural change?
- Is technological change influenced by factor prices and how?
- How does technological change influence different regions in a different way?
- What effects can we expect from digitalization and full automation on the labour market and the production system?
Methods, tools and approaches:
- explorative approaches
- appreciative theorizing
- computational economics (e.g. agent based economics)
- empirical analysis (e.g. input-output analysis, econometrics, network analysis, specialization and concentration indicators)