Michael D. König is a Research Associate at the Department of Economics at the University of Zurich since 2012. Michael obtained his PhD from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, being awarded the Zurich Dissertation Prize in 2009. He holds a master's degree in economics from the University of Zurich, a master's degree in theoretical physics from the Technical University of Vienna and a diploma in applied statistics from the Seminar for Statistics at ETH Zurich. Prior to joining the University of Zurich he has been a Visiting Scholar at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR) and the Department of Economics at Stanford University. He has been working on the economics of innovation and technical change, and how these affect and are being affect by networked relationships between various economic actors, ranging from individuals, firms, sectors to countries. His research combines both, theoretical as well as empirical methods, and he uses these methods to evaluate real world policy instruments. His long-term scientific goal is to help in a full development of network theory and its applications to innovation economics, industrial organisation and other areas, by combining theoretical models with real world applications. His most recent research projects range from the study of technological change, innovation diffusion, the decision to adopt new technologies and economic growth, to political stability and financial risk.