Day 3 - 8th Conference on Micro Evidence on Innovation and Development (MEIDE) - UNU MERIT

12 February 2015

UNU-MERIT will hold the 8th Conference on Micro Evidence on Innovation and Development on February 12th. The MEIDE brings together leading academics in the field of innovation for development from around the world to discuss their research findings regarding the importance of innovation for economic growth and development. Preference is given to empirical research based on micro data. A specific focus of the 2015 edition of the conference will be set on discussing research on inclusive innovation conducted across different regions in the world, contributing most recent insights from academic research to the discussions held during the first two days of the event.

Late registrations

8.30 – 8.50 

Welcome Address

8.50 – 9.00 

Plenary Session

9.00 - 9.30 

Keynote lecture

Chair: Pierre Mohnen (UNU-MERIT)

 Innovation in Indian Firms Parveen Arora (Department of Science and Technology, Government of India)

1. Parallel Sessions

 9.30 - 11.00

Parallel Session 1.1 Inclusive Innovation

  Chair: Dominique Guellec (OECD)

  • A Systematic Review on Low-Cost Innovation Value Creation and Value Capture Capabilities, Sebastian Gurtner (Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf)
  • Inclusive Innovation and Grassroots Pathways: An Indian Survey, Dinesh Abrol, Amshika George, Amit Akoijam, John Rollins, Praveen Ranjan, Sunny Dhiman, T.P. Raghunath and Vikram Singh (Center for Studies in Science Policy, Jawarhal Nehru University)
  • Practices and Reflections on China's Inclusive Innovation, Hao Junchao, Li Zhe and Li Yan (Chinese Academy of Science and Technology for Development)
  • Inclusive Growth and Innovation: a Dynamic Simultaneous Equations Model on a Panel of Countries, Georges Bresson (Université Paris II), Jean-Michel Etienne (University Paris-Sud 11) and Pierre Mohnen (Maastricht University and UNU-MERIT)



Parallel Session 1.2 Networks and Innovation

Chair: Marco Vivarelli (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore)


  • Are Science Cities Fostering Firm Innovation? Evidence from Russia's Regions, Helena Schweiger (EBRD) and Paolo Zacchia (University of California, Berkeley)
  • Do Board Interlocks Increase Innovation? Evidence from Natural Experiments in India, Christian Helmers (Santa Clara University), Manasa Patnam (CREST, ENSAE) and P. Raghavendra Rau (University of Cambridge)
  • Does Business Group Affiliation Encourage R&D Activities? Evidence from India, Surenderrao Komera (IFMR Chennai), Jijo Lukose P.J. (Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode) and Subash Sasidharan (Indian Institute of Technology, Madras)
  • The Impact of Globalization and Technology Transfer on Manufacturing Employment and Skills in Ethiopia, Getinet Haile (University of Nottingham), Ilina Srour (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore) and Marco Vivarelli (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore)


Parallel Session 1.3. Innovation Policies


Chair:João De Negri (IPEA)

  • China's R&D Subsidies - Allocation and Effectiveness, Philipp Böing (ZEW, Mannheim)
  • Lessons from SIMPATIC Micro-Analysis for Assessing the Impact of R&D Subsidy Policies, Reinhilde Veugelers (KULeuven and BRUEGEL)
  • Public Credit Use and Manufacturing Productivity in Brazil, Eduardo Pontual Ribeiro (Instituto de Economia – UFRG) and João De Negri (IPEA)

2. Parallel Sessions

11.30 - 13.00

Parallel Session 2.1 Inclusive Innovation

Chair:Kaushalesh Lal (Society for Development Studies)


  • Inclusive Innovation and Multi-Regime Convergence: Reflections on Mobile Payments in Kenya, Elsie Onsongo (Friedrich Schiller University Jena)
  • Impact Experiences of Bt Cotton Adopters in India: Role of Technology Obsolescence, Ecology and the Farmer, Shyama V. Ramani (UNU-MERIT), Ajay Thutupalli (UNU-MERIT), and Mhamed-Ali El-Aroui (University of Carthage)
  • Disruptive Collaboration between Businesses and Formal Institutions for Consumers at the Base of the Pyramid Rakhi Thakur (S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research), Suraksha Gupta (Kent Business School) and Michael Czinkota (Georgetown University)
  • Challenges to Inclusive Innovation: Learning from Indian Rural Clusters Keshab Das (Gujarat Institute of Development Research)

Parallel Session 2.2 R&D


Chair: Kakali Mukhopadhyay (McGill University)


  • FDI-Induced R&D Spillovers on Innovation: Evidence from Indian Manufacturing Sector, Qayoom Khachoo and Ruchi Sharma (IIT Indore)
  • R&D Investment, Capital Structure and Agency Conflict: A Contingent Claim Analysis, Amaresh Tiwari (Univ. of Liège)
  • Productivity and R&D Content of Intermediate Inputs - Evidence from Indian Industries, Chandrima Sikdar (Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies) and Kakali Mukhopadhyay (McGill University)
  • Economy-Wide Impact of Research and Development Expenditure in India: An Input-output Analysis, Kakali Mukhopadhyay (McGill University) and Patram Pratim Gosh (St. Xaviers College, Calcutta)



Parallel Session 2.3 Determinants of Innovation

Chair:Jacques Mairesse (CREST, ENSAE and UNU-MERIT)


  • The Unequal Effect of India's Industrial Liberalization on Firms' Decision to Innovate: Do Business Conditions Matter?, Maria Bas (Sciences Po and CEPII) and Caroline Paunov (OECD)
  • The Effects of Human Capital Endowments and Practices on Innovation in Developing Countries: A Firm Level Study, Annelies van Uden, Joris Knoben and Patrick Vermeulen (Radbout University Nijmegen)
  • The Determinants of Small Business Development in Kenya: Are there Spatial Differences?, Ciliaka Gitau (University of Nairobi), Bamidele Adekunle (University of Guelph and Ryerson University) and Gatarua Gitu Kangethe (Gitu Associates & Quachu Productions, Nairobi) 
  • Analyzing the Gender Productivity Puzzle in Middle Income Countries, L. Rivera León (UNU-MERIT), Jacques Mairesse (CREST, ENSAE and UNU-MERIT), Robin Cowan (University of Strasbourg and UNU-MERIT) and Martin Müller (University of Strasbourg)

3. Parallel Sessions

14.00 – 15.30

Parallel Session 3.1 Policies for Inclusive Innovation

Chair: Carlos Guaipatín (Inter American Development Bank)


  • Policy Support for Innovation at Grassroots in Developing Countries: Perspectives from Nigeria, Chux U. Daniels (SPRU, Sussex)
  • Local Entrepreneur-Based Inclusive Innovation Systems in India: Lessons from a Pilot, Lina Sonne (Okapi, Mumbai)
  • Towards Inclusive Innovation in China: A New Policy Agenda, Jialing Lu and Min Leng (Institute of Policy and Management, Chinese Academy of Sciences)
  • How to Promote High-Impact Innovations through Social Innovation Funds: a call for Public-Private Partnerships, Carlos Guaipatín (Inter American Development Bank)


Parallel Session 3.2 Innovation and Productivity

Chair:Sunil Kanwar (Delhi School of Economics)


  • R&D, Innovation and Productivity in the Brazilian Industry, Fernanda De Negri (IPEA), Luiz Ricardo Cavalcante (Brazilian Federal Senate) and Paulo de Andrade Jacinto (Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul and CNPq)
  • What Improves Firm Productivity More: Innovation or Management Practices?, Wiebke Bartz (Frankfurt School of Finance and Management), Pierre Mohnen (Maastricht University and UNU-MERIT) and Helena Schweiger (EBRD)
  • The Market Value of Innovation: The Case of Indian Manufacturing, Sunil Kanwar (Delhi School of Economics)



Parallel Session 3.3 Intellectual Property Rights

Chair: Philippe Gorry (GREThA, Université de Bordeaux)


  • The Impact of Brand Use on Innovation Performance - Empirical Results for Germany, Dirk Crass (ZEW, Mannheim)
  • Let's Make Software Patentable… or Maybe Let's Not: Evidence from the Indian Software Industry, Markus Eberhardt (University of Nottingham), Marcel Fafchamps (Stanford University), Christian Helmers (Santa Clara University) and Manasa Patnam (CREST-ENSAE)
  • Irreversible Investment under Uncertainty and Competition: Evidence from Patent Examination Requests in Korea, Zhen Lei (Pennsylvania State University) and Junbyoung Oh (Inha University)
  • IPR and Traditional Knowledge: To which Extent Biodiversity is Preempted at the Global Level? Philippe Gorry (GREThA, Université de Bordeaux)


4. Parallel Sessions

 16.00 – 17.30

Parallel Session 4.1 Innovation and Productivity


Chair: Viet Le (Swinburne University of Technology)




  • Indian Pharmaceutical Industry in Transition: A Study of Productivity, Efficiency and Innovation H.S. Pannu (Ministry of Railways) and U. Dinesh Kumar (Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore)
  • Innovation Dynamics and Productivity: Evidence for Latin America Gustavo Crespi (IDB), Ezequiel Tacsir (UNU-MERIT) and Fernando Vargas (UNU-MERIT)
  • Evaluating the Impact of Innovation on Efficiency Performance of Australian Small and Medium Enterprises using Business Longitudinal Database Viet Le and Thomas Spurling (Swinburne University of Technology)


 Parallel Session 4.2 Green Innovation

Chair:Shyama V. Ramani (UNU-MERIT) 

  • Innovation for Green Growth and Inclusive Development in India, Manish Anand and Shailly Kedia (The Energy and Resources Institute, New Delhi)
  • Opportunity of Providing Higher Education in Rural India through Educational Mobile Apps, Neetu Ahmed  and Ajay Kourav (Vedatya Institute)
  • On Incidence of Diarrhea among Children in India: Can the Gordian Knot of Complementarities be Cut?, Gitanjali Hajra (University of Calcutta), Arijita Dutta (University of Calcutta) and Shyama V. Ramani (UNU-MERIT)


Parallel Session 4.3 Measurement of Innovation

Chair:Jacques Charmes (IRD and ILO)


  • A Study of Knowledge Capital and Innovations in the Mining Industry in Nigeria, Oluseye Oladayo Jegede (Obafemi Awolowo University)
  • Structural Changes in National Innovation System: Longitudinal Study of Innovation Modes in the Russian Industry, Leonid Gokhberg and Vitaly Roud (National Research University – Higher School of Economics)
  • Formulating an Agenda for the Measurement of Innovation in the Informal Economy, Jacques Charmes (IRD and ILO), Fred Gault (Tschwane University of Technology and UNU-MERIT) and Sacha Wunsch-Vincent (WIPO)

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