Georg Licht is Head of the Research Department of Economics of Innovation and Industrial Dynamics at the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), in Mannheim, Germany. He has held this position since June 1994. Before that he was a Senior Researcher at ZEW and at the University of Augsburg (since 1985). He gained his doctoral degree at the University of Augsburg and holds a degree in economics from the University of Heidelberg. Georg Licht was Visiting Researcher at the Department of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and various research universities in Europe.
Research interests comprise the economics of innovation and technical change as well as on the economics of small firms and entrepreneurship. For years he was engaged in the development of the community innovation survey (CIS) and innovation surveys in Germany in manufacturing and service industries. He is Consultant to the OECD, the EU-Commission and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research in the area of innovation and technology policy. He was a member of several expert panels in science and innovation policy. Recently, he served as a member of the "Knowledge for Growth" expert group. Currently, he Chairs the OECD working party on Industry Analysis (WPIA). He has published various articles and books on fields like high-tech start-ups, industry studies, innovation and patents.