Victoria University of Wellington, Faculty of Law and Business School
and Motu Economic and Public Policy Research present



30 November - 2 December 2017
Wellington, New Zealand

There are many ways to approach innovation including perspectives from policy, management, economics, science and legal and regulatory perspectives. An important aspect of all of these approaches is the innovation/competition nexus. Both innovation and competition are generally seen as desirable because they can lead to new products and services and lower prices. In some contexts, innovation is the primary mode of competition, while in other contexts innovation and competition interact with each other, frequently but not always in mutually reinforcing ways. Unpacking the innovation-competition nexus raises many issues including: 

  • To what degree and in what ways do economic and social policies and related laws and
    regulations affect innovation?
  • How do other factors, such as management dynamics and export strategies interact with
  • What is the role of patents and other intellectual property in enhancing or restricting
    innovation and competition?
  • How do different modes of government support for R&D affect innovation and competition?
  • Are competitive conditions an important determinant of innovation, and how does
    innovation affect competition?
  • What is the relationship between and among the law, innovation, industry standards, global value networks, trade and competition?

This conference will address a wide range of topics related to these issues. 

You can find a programme here.

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Confirmed Keynote Speakers

(in alphabetical order)

Kiritapu Allan
Ngāti Ranginui,
Ngāi Te Rangi,
Kahui Legal

Sally Davenport
School of Management
Victoria University of Wellington

Joel Mokyr
Department of Economics
Northwestern University

Petra Moser
Stern School of Business

Carl Shapiro
Haas School of Business
UC Berkeley

Manuel Trajtenberg
Eitan Berglas School of Economics
Tel-Aviv University
Israeli Member of Parliament


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