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Seminar Current Topics in Economics of Innovation and Education

In this seminar, we will discuss emerging topics in economics of innovation and economics of education. One focus of the seminar is on the effect of education on innovation processes in companies. We thereby analyze how different types of education (vocational or academic) affect innovation.

The distinction between vocational and academic education and the effect of these two educational types on economic outcomes lasts for at least four decades in the economic literature. While several studies highlight advantages of academic education for innovation and growth, vocational education is getting more and more important in the ongoing political debate. One reason for this interest of policy makers in vocational education is the low youth unemployment rates in Germany and Switzerland during the last financial crisis. But the benefits of vocational education go beyond youth unemployment and also affect innovation.

In this seminar, we will analyze the effect of education on innovation in greater detail. We will review the theoretical and empirical literature on this topic and discuss different viewpoints. Therefore, the topics of the seminar range from education and innovation systems to innovation processes in companies. The topics of the seminar will, for example, cover knowledge diffusion in education systems, university, and industry collaborations, and education as part of innovation systems.



During the introductory meeting on October 25th, 2017, I will give a general introduction into the topic, present the topics of seminar papers, and will give some hints on academic writing. Moreover, I will present the formal guidelines for a seminar paper. The introductory meeting provides enough time to clarify any questions that might come up. After the introductory meeting, seminar participants can choose their topic by sending three preferences to me. Participants work on the topics in groups of two. Deadline for submitting the preferences is October 27th, 2017. I will publish the group allocation on my website on October 30th 2017.

I offer two consultations during the seminar for each group. Consultations are most helpful while defining the focus and while outlining the seminar paper.

On November 24th, 2017 each group is required to submit an extended abstract for peer review. Please send the extended abstract to rupietta{at} Two seminar participants will independently review one abstract. The review shall be no longer than 1 page in total. Reviews are due on December 1st, 2017. After reading the reviews, I will send the reviews to the groups on December 4th, 2017.

The due date for the seminar paper and the presentation slides is January 19th, 2018 at 11:59 am. Please submit your papers electronically as PDF documents. For the presentation, you may either submit PowerPoint or PDF files.

The block seminar will be on January 22nd, 2018.



Seminar places are limited. Please register in WUSEL until September 24th, 2017 (Course ID: 172WIR025011). Free places are still available. Please contact the lecturer directly via e-mail.



The lecture will be in English, however students may write their seminar papers in German or English.



October 25th, 2017: Introductory meeting

October 27th, 2017: Due date topic preferences

October 30th, 2017: Topic allocation available

November 24th, 2017: Due date extended abstract

December 1st, 2017: Due date review

December 4th, 2017: Receive peers’ reviews

January 19th, 2018: Due date seminar paper

January 19th, 2018: Due date presentation

January 22nd, 2018: Block seminar



The seminar can be credited in the following modules

MWiWi 1.4 - Innovations- und Technologiemanagement

MWiWi 1.8 - Personalmanagement

MWiWi 1.14 - Energie- und Projektmanagement

MWiWi 2.4 - Entrepreneurship und Wirtschaftsentwicklung

MWiWi 2.6 - Economics of Innovation

MWiWi 2.7 - Infrastruktur und Wirtschaftsentwicklung



Prof. Dr. Christian Rupietta