Trials

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.

Friday, 25 May 2018

Over the last four years at the Innovation Growth Lab, we've started learning valuable lessons from experiments about how to best support innovation, entrepreneurship, and business growth.

Thursday, 10 January 2019

As part of Nesta's annual prediction series, IGL's Teo Firpo, together with Laurie Smith, predict that in 2019, innovation funding will be increasingly randomised.

Save the date - IGL2019
IGL2019, our annual global conference, will be held in Berlin in May 2019.
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 over 85 researchers from around the world working on randomised trials related to innovation, high-growth entrepreneurship and growth.

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  • Andrea Contigiani
    University of Pennsylvania
  • Michael Lenox
    University of Virginia Darden School of Business
  • Albina Khairullina
    École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
  • Elizabeth Lyons
    School of Global Policy & Strategy, UC San Diego

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  • Chiara Spina
    Bocconi University
  • Guido Baltes
    Constance University of Applied Sciences IST Institute for Strategic Innovation & Technology Management
  • Nicolai Foss
    Bocconi University
  • Kåre Moberg
    The Danish Foundation for Entrepreneurship

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