Innovation and Economic Growth

Researchers today are trying to understand how information technology affects innovation, productivity, and economic growth while studying the impact of political and legal ground rules. Academics featured here are looking at the potential to create jobs and keep policymakers aware of emerging trends in technology.

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Susan Athey to Be Awarded the Prestigious Jean-Jacques Laffont Prize

Stanford economics professor Susan Athey will present her work on “The Internet and the News Industry” at the annual IDEI conference when she receives the Jean-Jacques Laffont Prize.

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Innovation is a word used to describe new ideas and inventions that have impact – impact to consumers, to markets, to industries, to the economy as a whole, and even to society and culture.


Why the Government Can’t Be Technologically Dependent on the Private Sector

"Private sector tech expertise can promote good public policy — but government needs its own expertise to critically evaluate what Silicon Valley proposes. Otherwise, predictable group-think is far more likely to serve technology firms than the public interest." — Frank Pasquale, Professor of Law, University of Maryland

Frank Pasquale
New York Times “Room for Debate”
October 24, 2016

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Trading and Enforcing Patent Rights

We study how the market for innovation affects enforcement of patent rights.

By: Alberto Galasso, Carlos J. Serrano, Mark Schankerman