Special issue on “The Impact of Academic Research and Science Policy” – Call for Papers

Guest Editors : Nicolas Carayol (Bordeaux School of Economics, Université de Bordeaux), Arthur Guillouzouic (IPP, Paris School of Economics & GENES), Michele Pezzoni (GREDEG, Université Côte d’Azur).

Economists and policymakers have long hypothesized the importance of public research for innovation and economic growth. Yet, it is only recently that new data collection and interconnections between existing datasets have allowed economists to study and quantify the impact of public investments in science. This special issue aims to gather original contributions using micro-level data to investigate the innovative and economic outcomes generated by academic research activity. A broad range of innovative and economic outcomes of academic research are of interest, such as academic patents, scientific advances in the private sector, knowledge spillovers, academic spin-offs, employment of doctors and research engineers, and university-industry technology transfer activities. We are particularly interested in studies seeking reliable estimates of the returns on public spending in science, and to assess science policy interventions. The special issue is also welcoming theoretical contributions on the foundations of public policies supporting science and innovation.


Important dates:
– Deadline for submissions: July 31, 2022
– Expected publication of the special issue: March 2023


Note that we will commit to a short lag between the initial submission and publication of the special issue. As a result, we plan to offer revisions only to papers that we will expect to be publishable after changes that can be implemented in a relatively short amount of time.


Papers should be submitted through Editorial Express (https://editorialexpress.com/aes). Please, in addition to your submission, join a brief cover letter mentioning that it should be considered for possible publication in the special issue “The Impact of Academic Research and Science Policy”.