Wesley Cohen

Snow Family Professor of Business Administration
Professor of Economics and Management

Fuqua School of Business

Duke University

100 Fuqua Drive
Durham, NC 27708

(919) 660-4072


Website: Duke faculty profile

Issues: Patents and Intellectual Property

About Wesley Cohen

Wesley M. Cohen is Professor of Economics and Management and the Snow Family Professor of Business Administration in the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University. He also holds secondary appointments in Duke’s Department of Economics and School of Law, is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, and serves as the Faculty Director of the Fuqua School’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Professor Cohen’s research focus is on the economics of technological change. He has examined the determinants of innovative activity and performance, considering the roles of firm size, market structure, university research, and the means that firms use to protect their intellectual property, with a particular focus on patents.


Professor Cohen has published widely in scholarly journals, including the American Economic Review, the Economic Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, Management Science, the Review of Economics and Statistics, Science, and the Strategic Management Journal. He has received funding from the National Science Foundation, the Kauffman Foundation, the Sloan Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Ford Foundation, among others.


Professor Cohen served for five years as a Main Editor for Research Policy and served on the National Academies’ Committee on Intellectual Property Rights in the Knowledge-Based Economy, the National Academies' Panel on Research and Development Statistics at the National Science Foundation, and, most recently, the National Academies’ Committee on the Management of University Intellectual Property. He was named to the World Economic Forum’s “Global Innovation 100” in 2008.

B.A., Yale University, 1973
M.A. Economics, Yale University, 1978
M.Phil. Economics, Yale University, 1978
Ph.D. Economics, Yale University, 1981