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Axel Plünnecke


Head of Cluster Education, Immigration and Innovation

German Economic Institute

Twitter: @A_Pluennecke

  • Studies of economics at the University of Göttingen
  • Doctorate at the TU Braunschweig
  • Since 2003 at the IW
  • Main research interests: Economics of education, family economics, STEM labor force, immigration
  • Since 2010 also professor at the German Universities for Prevention and Health Management in Saarbrücken

Recent Publications

September 14, 2023

Transatlantic Subnational Innovation Competitiveness Index 2.0

For policymakers to bolster the global competitiveness of their nations and regions, they first must know where they stand. This report benchmarks the 121 regions of Austria, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Sweden, and the United States using 13 commonly available indicators of strength in the knowledge economy, globalization, and innovation capacity.

November 14, 2022

The Transatlantic Subnational Innovation Competitiveness Index

Innovation ecosystems are increasingly complex and diverse, but there are common markers of core strength. In this report, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, the German Economic Institute, the Institute for Competitiveness, and the Macdonald-Laurier Institute benchmark 96 states and regions across Germany, Italy, the United States, and Canada.

More publications by Axel Plünnecke

Recent Events and Presentations

September 14, 2023

Innovation and Competitiveness: GTIPA Summit, 2023

Join members of the Global Trade and Innovation Policy Alliance (GTIPA) for a series of expert panel discussions on technology and innovation policy. Topics will include the keys to subnational innovation competitiveness in Europe and South America, optimal ways to stimulate life sciences innovation, how digital technologies can drive decarbonization, and the possibilities for reimaging value chains in the global trading system.

November 14, 2022

Regional Competitiveness and Technological Innovation: Comparing North America and the EU and Learning From Best Practices

Please join ITIF, the Institute for Competitiveness (I-Com), and the German Economic Institute (IW) for the release of a joint study examining subnational economic systems in North America and the European Union from an innovation-competitiveness perspective.

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