Prof. Dr. Ingrid Ott

  • KIT Campus Süd,

    Geb. 01.87 - 5. OG

    Rüppurrer Str. 1a, Haus B

    76137 Karlsruhe

Research Interests

Innovation and growth theory, high-tech, regional development

Curriculum Vitae


Professional Experience

  • since 2010: Full Professor at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Chair of Economic Policy
  • since 2008: Research Associate, Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW), research program ‚Knowledge accumulation and growth‘
  • 2007-2009: Head of research division New Technologies and Regional Innovation Systems, Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWI)
  • 2002-2007: Assistant Professor at Leuphana University Lüneburg, Chair in Innovation and Growth
  • June - August 2007: Visiting Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods, Bonn, Prof. Dr. Martin Hellwig
  • February - April 2003: Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Washington, Seattle/USA, Department of Economics, Prof. Stephen J. Turnovsky
  • April 1995 - May 2002: Research Assistant at the Leuphana University Lüneburg, Institute of Economics, Department of Economic
  • January 1998 - June 2000: Lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences Hamburg, study centre Hanover, Mathematical Economics



  • 2007: Post-doctoral lecture qualification (Habilitation), colloquium: Zur Rolle von Institutionen im Wachstumsprozess
  • 2002: Junior-Professorin at the University of Lüneburg, Institute of Economics, Department of Economics and Growth
  • 2001: Conferral of doctorate, dissertation topic: Produktive Staatsausgaben und endogenes Wachstum, University of Lüneburg, summa cum laude
  • 1995: Diplom-Ökonomin, University of Hanover
  • 1989 - 1995: Departments of Growth and Distribution; Economic Policy; Labor Economics at the University of Hanover
  • 1988 - 1995: Economics at the Universities of Hanover and Alacalá de Henares (Madrid)



  • May 2014 - April 2018: Member of the expert commission for Research and Innovation (EFI)
  • since October 2013: Member of the founding committee of the Institute of Technology Futures (ITZ)
  • since January 2013: Member of the board of directors of the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Mannheim
  • Oct 2012 - Sept 2014: "Pro-" Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Business Engineering
  • since May 2011 coordinator of the Partnership for Excellence between Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Université de Strasbourg (UdS) for the area "Economics and Management"
  • Jan 2011 - Dec 2015 editor of "Schmollers Jahrbuch" (Journal of Applied Social Science Studies)
  • since January 2011 speaker of the topic "Wirtschaft und Technik" of the focus "Mensch und Technik" at KIT



  • Tracing the evolution of service robotics: Insights from a topic modelling approach, with Ivan Savin, Chris Konop, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, (2022), 174(1), 121280
  • Understanding the long-term emergence of autonomous vehicles technologies, with Seokkyun Woo, Jan Youtie, Fenja Scheu, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 2021, 170(1), 120852,
  • Worker Personality: Another skill bias beyond education in the digital age, with Eckhardt Bode, Stephan Brunow, Alina Sorgner, German Economic Review, 2019, doi:
  • Green attitude and economic growth, with Susanne Soretz, Environmental and Resource Economics, 2018, 70(4), 757-779, doi:
  • Service robotics and human labor: A first technology assessment of substitution and cooperation, with Michael Decker, Martin Brunow, Robotics and Autonomous Systems, 2017, 87, 348-354, doi:
  • Outsourcing foreign services and the internet: Evidence from firm level data, with Holger Görg, Aoife Hanley, Economic and Social Review, 2015, 46(3), 367-387.
  • Heterogenous skills, growth, and convergence, with Dirk Dohse, Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, 2014, 30, 52-67, doi: 10.1016/j.strueco.2014.01.003
  • Impact of regional knowledge endowment on employment growth in nanotechnology, with Antje Schimke, Nina Teichert, Industrial and Corporate Change, 2013, 22(6), 1525-1555, doi:10.1093/icc/dts043.
  • Service Robotics: An emergent technology field at the interface between industry and services, Poiesis & Praxis, 2012, 9(3-4), 219-229, doi: 10.1007/s10202-012-0110-9.
  • Public policies and convergence, with Susanne Soretz, Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, 2011, 35(9), 1435-1450.
  • Academic discipline and risk perception of technologies: An empirical study, with Ursula Weisenfeld, Research Policy, 2011, 40, 487-499, doi: 10.1016/j.respol.2010.12.00.
  • Service Robotics: Do you know your new companion? Framing an interdisciplinary technology assessment, 2011, with Michael Decker, Rüdiger Dillmann, Thomas Dreier, Martin Fischer, Matthias Gutmann, Indra Spiecker genannt Döhmann, Poiesis & Praxis, 8(1), 25-44, doi: 10.1007/s10202-011-0098-6.
  • Productive public input, integration, and agglomeration, with Susanne Soretz, Regional Science and Urban Economics, 2010, 40, 538-549, doi: 10.1016/j.regsciurbeco.2010.07.001.
  • Metropolitan cities under transition: The Example of Hamburg/Germany, with Amelie Boje and Silvia Stiller, Managing Global Transitions, 8(4), 2010, 327-352.
  • Public reactions to the promotion of nanotechnologies in society, with Sabine Könninger, Torben Zülsdorf and Christian Papilloud, International Journal of Nanotechnology, 7(2/3), 2010, 265-283,
  • What drives innovation? Causes of and consequences for nanotechnologies, with Christian Papilloud und Torben Zülsdorf, Managing Global Transitions, 7(1), 2009, 5-26.
  • Growth strategies: Fiscal versus institutional policies, with Susanne Soretz, Economic Modelling, 25, 2008, 605-622, doi: 10.1016/j.econmod.2007.10.008.
  • Convergence or mediation? Experts of vulnerability and the vulnerability of experts' discourses on nanotechnologies - a case study, with Christian Papilloud, European Journal of Social Science Research,.21(1), 2008, 41-64, doi: 10.1080/13511610802002221.
  • Converging institutions. Shaping relationships between nanotechnologies, economy and society, with Christian Papilloud, Bulletin for Science, Technology & Society, 27(6), 2007, 455-466, doi: 10.1177/0270467607309764.
  • Governmental activity and private capital adjustment, with Susanne Soretz, ICFAI Journal of Managerial Economics, 5(2), 2007, 28-47.
  • Bureaucracy, tax system and economic performance, Journal of Public Economic Theory, 8(5), 2006, 839-862, doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9779.2006.00291.
  • Excludable and non-excludable public inputs: Consequences for economic growth, with Stephen J. Turnovsky, Economica, 73(292), 2006, 725-742, doi: 10.1111/j.1468-0335.2006.00506.x..
  • Growth and welfare effects of tax cuts: The case of a productive governmental input with technological risk, with Susanne Soretz, Empirica, 31(2-3), 2004, 117-135, doi: 10.1007/s10663-004-1077-0.
  • Congestion, excludability, and endogenous growth, ifo-Studien, 4, 2001, 453-467.
  • Bureaucratic choice and endogenous growth, Finanzarchiv, 57(2), 2001, 225-241, doi: 10.1628/0015221012905002.
  • Die Müll- und Wertstoffabfuhr im Landkreis Lüneburg - Markteintrittsbarrieren bei der Ausschreibung eines natürlichen Monopols, with Thomas Wein, Zeitschrift für öffentliche und gemeinwirtschaftliche Unternehmen, 20(1), 1997, 17-34.


Annual Reports of the Expert Commission on Research and Innovation (EFI) on behalf of the German Federal Government (also available in English)

  • 2018 EFI Jahresgutachten ‚Forschung, Innovation und technologische Leistungsfähigkeit‘, with Uschi Backes-Gellner, Christoph Böhringer, Uwe Cantner, Dietmar Harhoff, Monika Schnitzer.
  • 2017 EFI Jahresgutachten ‚Forschung, Innovation und technologische Leistungsfähigkeit‘, with Uschi Backes-Gellner, Christoph Böhringer, Uwe Cantner, Dietmar Harhoff, Monika Schnitzer.
  • 2016 EFI Jahresgutachten ‚Forschung, Innovation und technologische Leistungsfähigkeit‘, with Uschi Backes-Gellner, Christoph Böhringer, Uwe Cantner, Dietmar Harhoff, Monika Schnitzer.
  • 2015 EFI Jahresgutachten ‚Forschung, Innovation und technologische Leistungsfähigkeit‘, with Uschi Backes-Gellner, Christoph Böhringer, Dominique Foray, Dietmar Harhoff, Monika Schnitzer.


  • Produktive Staatsausgaben und endogenes Wachstum, Dissertationsschrift, Marburg, 2001.


  • Integration as a spatial institution: Implications for agglomeration and growth, 2014, in: Rolf Funck and Werner Rothengatter (eds), Man, Space, Enviroment and Time, Economic Interactions in Four Dimensions, Nomos, 413-449.
  • Technologisch leistungsfähiger durch Leitmarktstrategie? Das Beispiel der Nanotechnologien, in: BMBF 2011, Wettbewerbsfähiger durch Leitmarkstrategie, Dokumentation des BMBF-Workshops vom 7. April 2011, 17-22.
  • General Purpose Technologies, Encyclopedia of Nanoscience and Society. 2010. SAGE Publications. 4 Oct. 2010. <>.
  • European Regional Policy: An Assessment in the Context of a Growth Model, with Susanne Soretz, in: Javier Otamendi, Andrzej Bargiela, José Luis Montes, Luis Miguel Doncel Pedra (Hrsg.), Proceedings of the 23rd Conference on Modelling and Simulation ECMS 2009, 451-456.
  • Who rules the development of nanotechnologies? Expert knowledge challenging the flexible regulation of innovation – the perspective of two European regions, with Christian Papilloud und Torben Zülsdorf, Est-Ovest – Interdisciplinary Review on European Integration Studies, Special Issue on Constructing Regional Advantage, June 2009.
  • Regionale Spitzentechnologien auf internationalen Märkten, with Jan Kranich, in: Merz, J. und Schulte, R. (Hrsg.), Neue Ansätze der MittelstandsForschung, Münster 2007.
  • Geographische Restrukturierung internationaler Wertschöpfungsketten, with Jan Kranich, in: Merz, J. (Hrsg), Fortschritte in der MittelstandsForschung, Münster 2006, 113-129.
  • Infrastruktur als Investitionsdeterminante von KMU, with Susanne Soretz, in: Merz, J. (Hrsg), Fortschritte in der MittelstandsForschung, Münster 2006, 307-326.
  • Nachhaltige Entwicklung durch endogene Umweltwahrnehmung, with Susanne Soretz, in: Clemens, C. et al. (Hrsg.), Auf allen Märkten zu Hause. Im Gedenken an Franz Haslinger, Marburg 2006, 233-256.
  • KMU zur Beseitigung von Koordinationsmängeln in der Nanotechnologie, with Anna B. Goos, in: Schulte, R. (Hrsg.), Ergebnisse der MittelstandsForschung, Münster, 2005, 287-306.
  • Stakeholder im Innovationsprozess von Querschnittstechnologien, with Dirk Nissen, in: Schöning, S. et al. (Hrsg.): KMU in Umbruchsituationen, 2005, 35-54, Frankfurt am Main.
  • Co-operation in the Biotechnology Sector: Incentives and Implementation, with Dirk Nissen, in: Merz, J. und Wagner, J. (Hrsg.): Perspektiven der MittelstandsForschung - Ökonomische Analysen zu Selbständigkeit, Freien Berufen und KMU, Münster 2004, 99-112.
  • Kooperationen in der Biotechnologiebranche – Ansatzpunkte für eine multivariate Analyse, with Dirk Nissen, in: Schöning, S. et al. (Hrsg.): Mittelstandsforschung, Beiträge zu Strategien, Finanzen und zur Besteuerung von KMU, Frankfurt am Main 2003, 73-92.
  • KMUs als Innovationsmotoren in der Biotechnologie: Diffusion von Innovationen, with Dirk Nissen, in: Fischer, Christine et. al: Fokus Mittelstand, Frankfurt am Main 2003, 71-90.
  • Altruism and egoism of the social planner in a dynamic context, in: Hagemann, Harald und Stephan Seiter (Eds.): New developments in growth theory and growth politics, Routledge, 119-135, 2003.
  • Überlegungen zur Hochschulfinanzierung, with Dirk Nissen, in: Heilmann, J. und Simon, J. (Hrsg.): Kompetenz und Kreativität - Eine Universität in Entwicklung, Lüneburg 2001, 104-115.

Book Reviews

Joint of Editing Incollections

  • KMU in Umbruchsituationen, Frankfurt 2005 (Hrsg: Stephan Schöning, Ingrid Ott, Jörg Richter, Dirk Nissen).
  • Mittelstandsforschung, Beiträge zu Strategien, Finanzen und zur Besteuerung von KMU, Frankfurt 2004 (Hrsg: Stephan Schöning, Ingrid Ott, Jörg Richter, Dirk Nissen).
  • Fokus Mittelstand, Frankfurt 2003 (Hrsg: Stephan Schöning, Ingrid Ott, Jörg Richter, Dirk Nissen).


Referee Activity

  • Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Macroeconomic Dynamics 
  • Journal of Money, Credit and Banking 
  • Finanzarchiv 
  • Economic Modelling 
  • Journal of Macroeconomics 
  • Journal of Public Economic Theory 
  • Schmollers Jahrbuch (Journal of Applied Social Sciences)
  • Emerging Markets, Finance, and Trade 
  • Programmkomitee Spring Meeting of Young Economists
  • Routledge 
  • Programmkomitee European Meeting on Applied Evolutionary Economics 
  • Programmkomitee Society for the Study of Nanoscience and Emerging Technologies (S.NET)
  • BMWF (Österreich) 
  • German Science Foundation

Co-editing of a Scientific Journal

  • Co-Editor of the Journal of Applied Social Science Studies (Schmollers Jahrbuch), 2011-2017.