The Impact of Intellectual Property Protection on Firm Outcomes: Evidence from a Randomised Controlled Trial

To what extent does patent protection change product market outcomes?

The granting of patent rights is a central public policy tool to incentivise innovation, but the incentive that patents offer works indirectly. Rather than directly subsidising R&D costs (as in other mechanisms, such as tax credits), or attempting to make up for any differences between the public and private incentives to research, patents provide incentive through product market protection.

Corporate Nudging & Intrapreneurship

Can subtle non-monetary nudges be used to influence intrapreneurial behaviour in a large corporation?

Intrapreneurship, or bottom-up entrepreneurial activities by employees from existing firms, can be an important source of innovation and organisational growth. Management of intrapreneurship, however, is highly complex as it is typically considered discretionary behaviour and is generally not formalised in job descriptions.  Innovation competitions is one way to stimulate this type of behaviour within firms

From our blog

Thursday, 15 March 2018

If they want to have an impact, innovation mappers need to be more bee-like in their work, laboriously collecting facts and connecting them...

Friday, 26 January 2018

What effect do entrepreneurship programmes have in developing countries? Researchers from Bocconi University discuss the impact of soft-skills training for microentrepreneurs in Jamaica.

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Researchers from Bocconi University outline the first steps of their randomised controlled trial into the effects of a scientific approach on entrepreneurial experimentation, funded by the IGL Grants Programme.

IGL2018 Global Conference
On 12-14 June in Boston, MA, IGL will host its third annual Global Conference to showcase and debate the latest trends and cutting-edge ideas in innovation, entrepreneurship and growth policy, and the power of experimentation to transform this space.
Experimental innovation and growth policy
Despite the importance of innovation and high-growth entrepeneurship for economic growth, there is still too little evidence on how best to support them. We believe that we need a more experimental approach to innovation and growth policy, trialling new instruments but also evaluating them more rigorously.

Our partners

IGL is an international initiative led by Nesta in partnership with several public and private organisations around the world.

Our research network

The IGL Research Network includes researchers from around the world working on randomised trials related to innovation, high-growth entrepreneurship and growth.





  • Andrew King
    University of Virginia Darden School of Business
  • Alfonso Gambardella
    Bocconi University
  • Dietmar Harhoff
    Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition
  • Jana Gallus
    UCLA Anderson School of Management