Oliver Falck

Ifo Institute, Germany

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Director of the Ifo Center for Industrial Organisation and New Technologies

Research interest

Innovation and growth, entrepreneurship, new technology, communications technology

Past positions

Research Assistant at the University of Passau, 2001-2007; Research Assistant at the Technical University of Freiberg, 2000


PhD Economics, Technical University of Freiberg, 2006

Selected publications

  • “E-lections: Voting behavior and the internet.” American Economic Review 104:7 (2014) 2238–2265 (with S. Heblich and R. Gold).

  • “Surfing alone? The internet and social capital: Evidence from an unforeseeable technological mistake.” Journal of Public Economics 117 (2014): 73-89 (with S. Bauernschuster and L. Woessmann).

  • “Broadband infrastructure and economic growth.” Economic Journal 121 (2011): 505–532 (with N. Czernich, T. Kretschmer, and L. Woessmann).

  • Handbook of Research on Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2011 (with D. B. Audretsch, S. Heblich, and A. Lederer).

  • “Industrial innovation: Direct evidence from a cluster-oriented policy.” Regional Science and Urban Economics 40:6 (2010): 574–582 (with S. Kipar and S. Heblich).