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© Florian Spring

I am currently a full-time researcher at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in the Economics and Data Analysis Department. I hold a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Neuchâtel. My general research interests lie in topics related to intellectual property rights, innovation, applied econometrics and creative industries. 


The overarching goal of my research is to provide robust empirical evidence to inform current policy debates. To achieve this, I devote considerable time and creativity to novel data collection and econometric analysis. My data collection process typically involves building web crawlers and other tools to compile comprehensive datasets for research purposes. Ideally, I aim to make both the data and the data collection process publicly available and thoroughly documented.


Next, I select an appropriate empirical framework to apply state-of-the-art econometric methods to answer the research questions. I prefer quasi-natural experiments such as regression discontinuity designs, difference-in-difference models, or event-studies to describe causal effects.


Overall, my research approach is focused on providing insightful and interdisciplinary analysis to various policy debates. Therefore, my current research involves collaborations with scholars from cultural economics, data science, law, and economics, among others. Feel free to contact me for collaborations. You can find my CV here.


World Intellectual Property Organization (NB), 34, chemin des Colombettes, CH-1211 Geneva. 


University of Neuchâtel, Institute of Economic Research, A.-L. Breguet 2, CH-2000, Neuchâtel, Switzerland.