New publication: Impact of innovation on employment and skills, by Jože P. Damijan, Metka Stare, Mojca Lindič and Sašo Polanec

The Working Paper “Impact of innovation on employment and skills”, written by  Jože P. Damijan, Metka Stare, Mojca Lindič and Sašo Polanec from the Institute of Economic Research team is now available on-line. It is published under the research area “micro-macro”, in the work package on the “Social dimension of innovation”.

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First SIMPATIC conference

The first conference of the project SIMPATIC took place in Brussels in March 2013 and included scientific sessions, policy sessions and meetings of the consortium members. All three research areas of the project were covered: micro, macro and micro/macro.

The presentations from the open sessions are available below, next to the speakers’ names.

Dates: 25-26 March 2013

– Bruegel, Rue de la Charité 33, 1210 Brussels
– Federal Planning Bureau (FPB), Av. des Arts 47-49, 1000 Brussels



Monday 25 March 2013

Tuesday 26 March 2013


Monday 25 March 2013

9:30-12:00          Meeting of the Project Management Board with the Scientific and Policy Advisory Committees, Coordination Team of the Research Area Group and Project Management Group (PROJECT ONLY) – Bruegel

12.00-12.15        Buffet lunch

12.15-14.00        Lunchtalk“Bridging the clean energy R&D gap” (OPEN) – Bruegel

Introductory remarks by Guntram Wolff, Bruegel

Keynote speech by Massimo Tavoni, Climate Change and Sustainable Development Deputy Coordinator, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM) – Innovative strategies for climate change control

Discussants: Georg Zachmann, Bruegel and Ralf Martin, Imperial

14.00- 16.30      Micro/Macro Scientific Workshop (RESTRICTED) – Bruegel

  • Micro  on  Matrix of sector- and country-specific spillover transmission coefficients, Pierre Mohnen and Rene Belderbos, UNIMAAS-MERIT 
  • Macro “Endogenisation of technical change in applied modeling: a survey and the advancement in the SIMPATIC models”, Gilles Koleda, University of Tours (Associate Professor) and Boris le Hir, SEURECO
  • Discussant – Ray Barrell, Brunel University

Keynote speech of Philippe Aghion, Bruegel fellow, Professor of Economics at Harvard University – “Path Dependence in Clean versus Dirty Innovation: The Case for Government Intervention”

16:30 – 17:00    Break

17.00-19.00     Micro/Macro Individual Sessions (RESTRICTED)

  • Micro Session – Bruegel

    • Mila Beyer, KU Leuven, “Application behavior of firms and agency decisions in the German R&D subsidy system”
    • Elena Huergo, UCM, “Impact assessment of R&D subsidies in Spain: some preliminary evidence”
    • Pierre Mohnen, UNIMAAS, “Evaluation of R&D subsidies in the Netherlands”
    • Otto Toivanen,  KU Leuven, “Application behavior of firms and agency decisions in the Flemish R&D subsidy system”
  • Macro Session – FPB

    • Arnaud Fougeyrollas, SEURECO, Pierre Le Mouel, SEURECO, Paul Zagamé, Professor University Paris 1, SEURECO, “The R&D Policies Assessment with applied modeling”
    • Presentation of  Federaal Plan Bureau (TBC)
    • Leonidas Paroussos, ICCS Nat Tech Univ of Athens, “Energy Policies Assessment with Endogenized technical change”


Tuesday 26 March 2013 – all sessions at Bruegel

8.15-8.30               Breakfast

8.30 – 10.30      Micro/Macro Individual Sessions (RESTRICTED)

  • Micro Session
    •  Jacques Mairesse, UNIMAAS, “An assessment of the impact of the R&D tax credit in France on firm decision to engage in R&D: some first results”
    • Otto Toivanen, KU Leuven, Comparison of country-results
    • Tuomas Takalo, Additionality and social returns

10.30 – 11.00 Break

11.00-12.00       Micro/Macro Joint Session (RESTRICTED)

  • Services and innovation, Metka Stare, IER
  • Georg Zachmann, Bruegel and Ralf Martin, Imperial – “Drivers and Characteristics of “clean technology” innovation”

12.00-12.15          Buffet lunch

12.15-14.00         Lunchtalk – “Drawing the benefits from investments in knowledge-based capital” (OPEN)

Keynote speech by Dirk Pilat, Head, Science and Technology Policy Division, OECD Directorate for Science, Technology & Industry – Knowledge-based capital, growth and competitiveness

14.00-15.30         Policy Panel “Challenges for Europe’s Research and Innovation Policy” (OPEN)

Chair: Reinhilde Veugelers

  • Marion Dewar, Member of Cabinet of Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn (Research, Innovation and Science)
  • Luc Soete, Rector Magnificus of Maastricht University
  • Members of the Policy and Scientific Advisory Committees

Recent contributions to SIMPATIC research

Several contributions, both in form of academic articles and presentations, have recently been made to SIMPATIC research.


  • Tuomas Takalo, Tanja Tanayama and Otto Toivanen, 2012, Market failures and the additionality effects of public support to private R&D: Theory and empirical implications, International Journal of Industrial Organization, forthcoming
  • Takalo, Tuomas, 2012, Rationales and instruments for public innovation policies. Journal of Review on Global Economics 1, pp. 157-167
  •  Tuomas Takalo, Tanja Tanayama and Otto Toivanen, 2013, Estimating the benefits of targeted R&D subsidies, The Review of Economics and Statistics, 2013, 95, 1


  • Otto Toivanen, Evaluation of R&D Support Schemes in TAFTIE academy 24.1.2013, Brussels
  • Otto Toivanen, Innovation Policy and its Effects in Evaluation of R&D tax credits – seminar, Finnish Ministry of Finance, 7.2.2013, Helsinki

SIMPATIC scholars at State Aid Workshop in Brussels

SIMPATIC scholars Pierre Mohnen, Reinhilde Veugelers and Otto Toivanen today took part  in the workshop “Modernising State Aid through better evaluations” at Bruegel in Brussels. The workshop reviewed the state of the art and best practices in evaluations of subsidies and discussed the requirements that need to be met in terms of data and methodologies to allow for better evaluations by Member States of State Aid interventions.

The presentations from the event are available on the event page.