held on the 7 - 9 June 1999, in Grenoble, France
Evolutionary economics has become one of the major frameworks for the understanding of modern knowledge-based economies. Issues of technological development, industrial dynamics, networking and firm behaviour are increasingly analysed as evolutionary processes. At the same time, evolutionary economics provide us with new models promoting regional development and innovation policies.
At this moment, a major challenge is to develop systematic methodologies to enhance empirical studies in evolutionary economics. The objective of this first European Meeting on Applied Evolutionary Economics is to bring together researchers and PhD-students with an interest in the empirical application of evolutionary economics. By means of intensive discussion, we aim at a fruitful exchange of the latest method and tools in evolutionary approaches to economic change.
The overall theme of the meeting is innovation in an evolutionary framework. The theme relates to various domains, including :
· Dynamics of technological change
Lock-in, variety, product life-cycle thesis, product and process innovation, technological trajectories
· Industrial Organisation
Innovation and market structure, oligopolies and strategic interaction, networking, SMEs, finance, welfare economics
· Knowledge and learning
Competence approaches, heuristic learning, learning-by-doing, tacit and codified knowledge, appropriability and patenting, spill-overs
· Technology policy models
Regional development, systems of innovation, sustainable technology development, university-industry-government relations
The meeting aimed at an exchange of a wide variety of methodologies. Among these are econometrics, calibrated simulation, artificial economies, laboratory experiments and case studies research.
The meeting was hosted by the CNRS- Institute for Energy Policy and Economics (IEPE) and the INRA-Unit of Sociology and Economics of Research & Development (SERD), both located at the Grenoble. The meeting took place from 7-9 June 1999. All sessions were plenary, and discussed by a senior scholar in the field.