Susana Borrás

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Susana Borrás is Professor and Head of the Department of Business and Politics, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark; and visiting professor at CIRCLE, Lund University, Sweden. Her research interests cover fields of the governance of science and innovation, and the European Union, with special focus on innovation policy, innovation systems, cluster policies, new modes of governance and the Lisbon strategy. Her most recent book with Jakob Edler provides a conceptual framework for studying “The Governance of Socio-Technical Systems” Edward Elgar Publishers.

Patrick Cohendet

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Patrick Cohendet is full professor at HEC Montréal. He was Dean of the Faculty of Economics at University of Strasbourg (1982-1985), vice president of the University of Strasbourg (1991-1992), member of the Conseil des applications de l’Académie des sciences, Paris (1994-2002), and chairman of the International Business Department at HEC Montréal (2007-208). He was visiting professor at the University of Virginia (United States), and University of Toyo (Japan). His research interests include Theory of the firm, Economics of Innovation, Economics of Knowledge, Economics of Creativity and Knowledge Management. He is the author of 15 books, including “Architecture of Knowledge” co-authored with Ash Amin at Oxford University Press (2004), and over 80 articles in refereed journals. He was the supervisor of more than 50 ph.D doctorants. He conducted a series of economic studies on the economics of innovation for different international organisations such as the European Commission, the Council of Europe, the European Space Agency or the Canadian Space Agency.

Presentation: Space and the economics of creativity and innovation: Local ecosystems and idea-based firms

Bronwyn H. Hall

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Bronwyn H. Hall is Professor of Economics Emerita at the University of California at Berkeley and past Professor of Economics of Technology and Innovation at the University of Maastricht, Netherlands. She is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and the Institute for Fiscal Studies, London and a Visiting Fellow at the National Institute of Economics and Social Research, London. For 30 years, she was the founding partner of TSP International, an econometric software firm. She received a B.A. in physics from Wellesley College in 1966 and a Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University in 1988.

During her career, Professor Hall has published over 70 articles on the economics and econometrics of technical change and innovation. She is also the editor with Nathan Rosenberg of the Handbook of the Economics of Innovation, in the Elsevier series. Her research includes studies of the U.S. and European patent systems, the use of patent citation data for the valuation of intangible (knowledge) assets, measuring the returns to R&D and innovation at the firm level, and analysis of technology policies such as R&D subsidies and tax incentives. She has made substantial contributions to applied economic research via the creation of software for econometric estimation and of firm-level datasets for the study of innovation, including the widely used NBER dataset for U.S. patents.

More information and copies of papers are available on her website: http://bronwynhall.com

Presentation: Trade secrets vs Patents

Francesco Lissoni

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Francesco Lissoni is Professor of Economics at Bordeaux University (France), where is a member of GREThA, the Groupe de Recherche en Économie Théoretique et Appliquée, and holds the Chaire d’Accueil of the Regional Council of Aquitaine, for research in the economics of innovation. He is also a Visiting Fellow of CRIOS, the Center for Research on Innovation, Organization, and Strategy of Bocconi University (Milano, Italy). His research activity covers the economics of science, innovation adoption, intellectual property, university-industry technology transfer, and the geography of knowledge diffusion. He is a member of scientific committees for EPIP (European Policy for Intellectual Property) and OST (Observatoire des Sciences et Techniques, Paris). He is associate editor of Industry & Innovation, and former chairman of the research programme on Academic Patenting in Europe (APE-INV), funded by the European Science Foundation. He has published, among others, on the Journal of Economic Geography, Research Policy, the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organisation, Industrial & Corporate Change, and the Papers in Regional Science. He has also co-authored several pieces of technical documentation on patent and inventor data, currently available from the APE-INV website (http://www.academicpatenting.eu).

Presentation: Migration and Innovation Diffusion: A Thematic Survey

Roberta Rabellotti

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Roberta Rabellotti is Professor of Economics in the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the Università di Pavia in Italy. She has a Master of Science in Development Economics at the University of Oxford and a Doctor of Philosophy at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex. Her areas of 
expertise are the economics of innovation; economic development and regional economics. Her publications include books with Harvard University Press, Edward Elgar and Macmillan as well as numerous articles published in top academic journals.
Prof. Rabellotti regularly advise international organizations such as UNIDO,UNCTAD, IADB, OECD and the European Commission on questions related to economic development

More information on her website: http://robertarabellotti.it/

Presentation: Building up Innovation Capabilities in Emerging Countries: The Role of Outward Foreign Direct Investments

David L. Rigby

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David L. Rigby is a Professor of Geography and Statistics at UCLA. He has long running interests in economic geographies of technology. His doctoral dissertation examined the impact of technological change on firm profitability in a Marxian political-economy. From there, a somewhat bumpy road led to firm-level micro-data and evolutionary models of agglomeration. He is currently enamored with patent data and the possibilities of using patents and related information to track spatial differences in the character of knowledge production and economic growth.