Fossil Fuels - Curse or Blessing for Innovation?

International Relations guest scholar Dr. Andreas Fleig from Heidelberg University and IR research faculty Dr. Elina Brutschin present their common research project on the relationship between resources and innovation in a public lecture on April 30.

In times of intensified resource conflicts a countries innovation performance becomes increasingly important. Using panel data from 1980 to 2012 on patents in the energy sector the project highlights the distorting effects of resource abundance and fossil fuels on an economies labor force allocation.

Revisiting the resource curse literature the authors discuss institutional frameworks which can counteract those resource windfalls.

When?  Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 5.30pm

Where? Webster Vienna Private University, Praterstrasse 23, room 4.6-4.7

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