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Nicolas Wittstock

My research agenda generally encompasses the political economy of innovation and technological change, holistic economic growth, as well as related public policy. To that end, I am currently focusing on innovation activity within the sustainable development space, particularly climate innovation. To adequately meet climate challenges and facilitate further global economic development, large-scale climate innovation is necessary. Therefore, I currently explore the effect of different public policy tools on innovation in climate technologies across the OECD. My preliminary empirical findings indicate that while different policies do not have differential effects, overall policy stringency does push public and private institutions to increase their innovative output. My goal with this research is to investigate the effect that public policy can have on innovation within this special but crucial industrial space.

Advisor: Aseem Prakash – Political Science