Wesley Cohen

Wesley Cohen

Scholar Title:

Snow Family Professor of Business Administration
Professor of Economics and Management

Department: Fuqua School of Business

Colleges / Universities: Duke University


100 Fuqua Drive
Durham, NC 27708

Phone Number: (919) 660-4072

Email: wesley.cohen@duke.edu

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