Research Clustering, Co-Patenting Networks and the Growth of Regions
I want to express my deep gratitude to my ﬁrst supervisor, Prof. Dr. Harald Hagemann (University of Hohenheim), and my second supervisor, Prof. Dr. Jochen Streb (University of Mannheim), whose critical comments, encouragement and guidance were of signiﬁcant importance to me throughout my doctoral studies. I am also grateful to Prof. Dr. Andreas Pyka (University of Hohenheim) for his fruitful comments and advice and for chairing my thesis committee. During my doctoral studies, I beneﬁted from several PhD courses, conferences and research seminars which signiﬁcantly supported and inﬂuenced my research ambitions. I thank the participants of the First Graz Schumpeter Summer School 2007 (University of Graz), the participants of the Max Planck evolutionary economics PhD workshop 2008 (Jena), the participants of the ESSID 2008 PhD course (Monte St. Ange´lo, Italy), the participants of the International PhD course on economic geography 2010 (University of Utrecht), the participants of the Zvi Griliches research conference 2010 (Barcelona Graduate School of Economics), to name but a few. Moreover, the participants of the FZID PhD workshops and the PhD seminars of the economics department at the University of Hohenheim are gratefully acknowledged for valuable comments and critical discussions. Furthermore, I owe many thanks to my colleagues at the economics department for their encouragement and for giving me their friendship: Dr. Constanze Dobler, Patricia Hofmann, Ralf Rukwid, Arash Molavi Vasse´i, Niels Geiger, Johannes Schwarzer, Larissa Talmon-Gros, Dr. Felix Geiger, Oliver Sauter, Lukas Scheﬀknecht, Dr. Tobias Bo¨rger, Martin Lempe....
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