Dr Christian Rammer

Dr Christian Rammer is Deputy Head of the Department of Industrial Economics and International Management at the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) at Mannheim, Germany. He is a leading expert in innovation studies, focussing on innovations strategies of firms and the role of public policy for stimulating private sector innovation. Since 2003, Mr Rammer is director of the annual German Innovation Survey, which is the German contribution to the European Commission’s Community Innovation Surveys. He has been working as consultant on innovation policy both for national governments, the European Commission and the OECD. His academic publications cover a wide range of areas, including corporate innovation management, technology transfer and sector studies. Christian Rammer studied regional science at the University of Vienna and the Technical University Vienna. From 1991 to 1995 he was associate professor at the Department for Economic Geography at the Vienna University of Economics and taught regional economics both at the Vienna University of Economics and the University of Linz. After finishing his PhD on "Models on regional variations in the rate of profit" he worked at the Austrian Research Center Seibersdorf (now AIT), Systems Research Technology-Economy-Environment as a senior researcher. In April 2000, he joined ZEW. ZEW is a public research organisation owned by the Federal State of Baden-Wuerttemberg and co-funded by the State Government and the German Federal Government. The Institute has some 170 research staff and a turnover of €15 million. One focus of research is linked to corporate taxation, including comparative analysis or taxation in Europe as well as national and pan-European proposals for tax reform based. A primary tool is the European Tax Analyzer (ETA), a computer-based model that enables the evaluation of national and international policy proposals in the area of tax reform and harmonisation. In recent years, the ETA has been advanced to capture various R&D tax schemes in all European countries and major industrial countries overseas, allowing for in-depth analysis of effectiveness and efficiency of R&D tax incentives across countries.