Appointed as the first Visiting Professor, Titular of the Innovation & Regulation in Digital Services Chair in October 2007 and held this position until October 2010, Paul A. David is Professor (Emeritus), Senior Fellow of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research. Ph.D., A.B. Harvard University, M.A. University of Oxford, Dottore Honoris Causa University of Turin.
All his theoretical and empirical research gave to the Chair a high level international basis.
Research Interests: The economics of technological, demographic, and institutional change, and other areas of theoretical and empirical research on the nature of path-dependence in economic processes; economic history, with special reference to long-term productivity growth and development in the U.S. and the North Atlantic economies since 1790.
Current Research: Economics of science and technology, and technology policy, with special reference to impact of intellectual property rights protections on the direction and conduct of “open collaborative research in science and engineering; implications of advances in computer-mediated telecommunications for collaborative development of information-goods (e.g., free/libre and open source software development) and general purpose organizational mechanisms supporting “distributed problem-solving for innovation.”
Representative Recent Publications: (1) Simulating Code Growth in Libre (Open-Source) Mode, (with Jean-Michel Dalle) in Internet and Digital Economics, E. Brousseau and N. Curien (eds.), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007. [Revision of SIEPR Discussion Paper available at 04-002], (2) “Innovation and Universities’ Role In Commercializing Research Results: Second Thoughts about Enthe Bayh-Dole Experiment,” in Innovation in Europe , ed. F. Brusoni and F. Malerba, Cambridge U.P. 2007. [Available as SIEPR Discussion Paper No. 04-027 (May 2005)], (3) “Economic policy analysis and the Internet: Coming to terms with a telecommunications anomaly,” Ch. 6 in Oxford Handbook on Information and Communication Technologies, edited by C. Ciborra, R. E. Mansell, D. Quah and R. Silverstone, Oxford University Press, 2007, (4) Path Dependence A Foundational Concept for Historical Social Science, Cliometrica, 1(2) Spring 2007.[Available as SIEPR Discussion Paper No. 06-008 (October 2006)], (5) “Dynamics of Innovation in an Open Source Collaboration Environment: Lurking, Laboring and Launching FLOSS Projects on SourceForge,” (with F. Rullani) SIEPR Discussion Paper No. 07-022Industrial and Corporate Change, (6) “The Historical Origins of Open Science” SIEPR Discussion Paper No. 06-038 (revised December): 81 pp. single spaced. Forthcoming in Capitalism and Society, (7) “Science, Technology and Innovation for Economic Growth: Towards Linking Policy Research and Practice in STIG Systems,” (with P. Aghion and Dominique Foray), SIEPR Discussion Paper No. 06-039 (Revised July 2007), Forthcoming in Research Policy. (December 2007), Forthcoming in
Teaching Interests: Undergraduate and graduate courses in (1) American economic history, (2) economics of science and technology, (3) path dependence in economic processes. Graduate research seminars: Social Science History Workshop, Social Science and Technology Seminar.
Professional Affiliations: Senior Fellow, and KNIIP Program Leader at Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR); Senior Fellow of the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford; Professorial Fellow of MERIT, University of Maastricht. International Econometric Society (Fellow), American Academy of Arts and Sciences (Member), American Philosophical Society (Fellow), British Academy (Ordinary Fellow). Founding Editor, Journal of Innovation and New Technology. American Economic Association. Economic History Association (past President), Royal Economic Society (former Member of Council), Economic History Society, International Cliometric Society.