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, 12 July 2018

It’s difficult to summarise all the discussions at IGL2018 in Boston. With over 70 speakers, 10 keynotes and debates, 14 hand-on practical sessions, and participants from more than 20 countries, there was plenty of interesting conversations both on stage and during the breaks.

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Steve Rader, speaker at IGL2018, outlines the seven ideas that were helpful to their group at NASA’s Center of Excellence for Collaborative Innovation. as they scaled up their Open Innovation programme.

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Reflecting on our latest event, IGL2018, James Phipps discusses some thoughts after his session on experimentation, vouchers and randomised controlled trials.

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
  • John Van Reenen
  • Guido Baltes
    Constance University of Applied Sciences IST Institute for Strategic Innovation & Technology Management
  • Ina Ganguli
    University of Massachusetts Amherst



  • Christian Catalini
    MIT Sloan School of Management
  • Michael Lenox
    University of Virginia Darden School of Business
  • Igor Asanov
    University of Kassel
  • Jaideep Prabhu
    University of Cambridge Judge Business School


  • Jana Gallus
    UCLA Anderson School of Management
  • Kåre Moberg
    The Danish Foundation for Entrepreneurship
  • Albert Banal-Estañol
    Universitat Pompeu Fabra
  • Asif Mehedi
    University of Virginia Darden School of Business