Research Training Group “The Economics of Innovative Change”, Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany and Max Planck Institute for Economics, Jena, Germany
Directed by Uwe Cantner (Friedrich Schiller University, Jena) and Werner Güth (Max Planck Institute of Economics, Jena)
Thomas Astebro (University of Toronto), Urs Fischbacher (Universität Konstanz), Alessandro Nuvolari (Sant' Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa), Pier Paolo Saviotti (Universitè Pierre Mendes, Grenoble), Bart Verspagen (Maastricht University), John Sutton (LSE), Max Bazerman (Harvard Business School), Jeanette Brosig (Universität Duisburg-Essen), Bettina Peters (ZEW Mannheim), Steven Klepper (Carnegie Mellon University), Klaus Rennings (ZEW Mannheim), Ed Steinmüller (University of Sussex)
The 3rd Summer Academy on Innovation and Uncertainty introduces young researchers from different disciplines to the study of the economic dynamics of firms, markets, sectors and regions with an analytical focus on the endogenous driving forces mainly understood as the activities of invention and innovation. The variety of topics that is dealt with covers the foundations of (innovative) behaviour, entrepreneurship, the generation of innovations and their diffusion, the change of regional and sectoral structures caused by innovations, the role of the demand side in this context, as well as the political management of change.
The main objective of this year’s Summer Academy is to foster an interdisciplinary discussion of questions related to (innovative) decision-making under uncertainty between scholars from the fields of economics, law, and psychology. Faculty and invited speakers will provide a synthesis and overview of central research topics, methods, and findings. Lectures will be followed by discussion. Participants are PhD students from the Jena Graduate School GSBC and the Jena Graduate College on Innovation. Additionally we will invite graduate and doctoral students (application see below). All participants will also be requested to present their own research, to be discussed by peers and faculty.
To ensure an excellent learning environment, participation is limited to additional 10-15 exceptional graduate and doctoral students from around the world. Interested scholars should apply with a paper on one of the topics outlined above. Please notice that the presentation of the paper during the Summer Academy is expected. The application form can be found on