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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Chris Sprigman shares his latest book, co-written with Kal Raustiala, The Knockoff Economy. He looks at innovation and the role of IP protection as well as imitation to foster creativity.
What are the biggest unanswered questions in economics? What breakthroughs will define economics in a decade? These are the questions a Big Think article asked of eight of the world’s top young economists. TAP scholars Glen Weyl, University of Chicago, and Nick Bloom, Stanford University, were among the economists highlighted.
Professor Nicholas Bloom, Stanford University, discusses why the dramatic rise in Chinese exports is actually good news for U.S. economic prospects.
How do sales taxes affect people’s online purchasing behavior? Research by TNIT member Jonathan Levin and colleagues analyzes detailed data from eBay to explore the impact of variations in U.S. state taxes on Internet commerce.
This Thursday and Friday, the Third Annual Conference on Internet Search and Innovation will provide a forum where economists and legal scholars can discuss high-quality research relevant to Internet search and innovation, as well as examine related public policy issues in antitrust, regulation, and intellectual property. Several TAP scholars will be participating in the conference sessions.
Intellectual property (IP) protection, innovation, and entrepreneurship are the focus of a Searle Center conference this Thursday and Friday (June 14-15). Professors Spulber, Kieff, and Ziedonis will participate in the conference sessions.
F. Scott Kieff and Troy A. Paredes' new book, “Perspectives on Commercializing Innovation,” explores the ways varying approaches to intellectual property can positively and negatively impact our economy and society.
We sat down with E. Glen Weyl to gain insight into his latest research about the U.S. financial system, and discuss his recent article with co-author Eric Posner, “An FDA for Financial Innovation: Applying the Insurable Interest Doctrine to 21st Century Financial Markets.”
Jacques Cremer of the Toulouse Network for Information Technology recently interviewed Suzanne Scotchmer. They discussed her research on intellectual property and interest in innovation.
The recently released book, Why Nations Fail, by Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson looks at the reasons why some nations are rich, while others are poor.
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High Skilled Immigration Reform

The United States immigration policy is the set of laws and provisions that regulates the entry and the stay of non-US citizens on national territory. High-skilled, college-educated immigrants contribute to scientific and technological innovation, entrepreneurship, and job-creation in the U.S.


Should a Morning Staff Meeting Feel Like Homeroom?

“What’s the point of coming in if none of your co-workers are there? If you have to force employees to do something you think is in their benefit, it’s not in their benefit.” — Nicholas Bloom, Professor of Economics, Stanford ​University

Nicholas Bloom
The New York Times
April 22, 2022

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Book-Smart, Not Street-Smart: Blockchain-Based Smart Contracts and The Social Workings of Law

“Smart” contracts can be automatically enforced without the involvement of a court. However, the parties to many contracts include terms that cannot or should not be enforced for social reasons.

By: Karen Levy