The Max Planck Institute of Economics was established in Jena in 1993. Founding director was Prof. Emeritus Dr. Manfred E. Streit. The original research focus was laid on the transformation of former socialist economies. Subsequently, a broader spectrum of research topics was added, e. g. the question of the driving forces and laws for economic change in general, the research of determinants for in-novative entrepreneurial activities as well as strategic interaction.
During the two decades of its existence, four research departments were located at the MPI of Economics: Institutional Economics and Economic Policy (1993-2000, director: Manfred E. Streit), Evolutionary Economics (1995-2013, director: Ulrich Witt), Entrepreneurship, Growth and Public Policy (2005-2010, director: David Audretsch) and the department Strategic Interaction (2001 - 2012, director: Werner Gueth). Furthermore, the institute has been actively engaged in promoting junior scientists. Two interdisciplinary and international graduate programs, that will be existing beyond 2014, have been established with substantial involvement of the institute: The International Max Planck Research School on Adapting Behavior in a Fundamentally Uncertain World (IMPRS Uncertainty) and the doctoral program "The Economics of Innovative Change".
The senate of the Max Planck Society decided in March 2014 the realignment of the institute, and renamed it temporarily in MPI for History and the Sciences. In November 2014 the name was changed into Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
In Memoriam Professor Dr. Manfred E. Streit
We are sad to announce that the founding director of the former Max Planck Institute of Economics, Prof. Dr. Manfred E. Streit, passed away on February 18, 2017.
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Papers on Economics & Evolution
The Evolutionary Economics Group edited the "Papers on Economics & Evolution", a series with a 20-year-long tradition. Several renowned economists have contributed, including K. Binmore, R. Day, N. Foss, J. Foster, B. Loasby, S. Metcalfe, J. Mokyr, R. Nelson, E. Ostrom and S. Winter. Issues back to 2004 can be downloaded here. For papers published before 2004 please contact firstname.lastname@example.org