Events

    2018 Apr 27

    Moonshot thinking: X's approach to radical innovation"

    Location: 

    Baker 103, Bloomberg Center, Harvard Business School
    12:00pm to 1:30pm

    SPEAKER: ​ Helen Riley,Moonshot Mission Controller at X (formerly Google [x])
     
    ABSTRACT: 
    In 2010, Google founded a secret research lab called Google [X] to develop big, futuristic ideas it called moonshots. After five years, this research lab broke off into its own company called “X, the moonshot factory”. Today, X sets out to foster uncomfortably ambitious ideas that address some of the world’s biggest problems. It's currently home to some of Alphabet's far-out projects like Internet-beaming balloons and delivery drones. It's also where a range of Alphabet business and products were founded including Waymo, Google Brain and Verily Life Sciences.  In this session, X's Moonshot Mission Controller(aka CFO), Helen Riley will provide an overview of X’s radical approach to innovation and share how others can apply "moonshot thinking" principles too.
    2018 Apr 13

    The Value of an Overseas Research Trip

    Location: 

    Baker 103, Bloomberg Center, Harvard Business School
    12:00pm to 1:30pm

    SPEAKER: Gokhan Aykac (RA, Gazi University Dept of Economics, and Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Labor & Worklife Program at Harvard Law School) 
    TITLE: "The Value of an Overseas Research Trip"
    2018 Apr 06

    Diversity and Collaboration in Economics

    Location: 

    Baker 103, Bloomberg Center, Harvard Business School
    12:00pm to 1:30pm

    SPEAKER: Sultan Orazbayev (Visiting Fellow, Growth lab at the Center for International Development, Harvard Kennedy School) 
    2018 Mar 02

    Engineering Growth: Innovative Capacity and Development in the Americas

    Location: 

    Baker 103, Bloomberg Center, Harvard Business School
    12:00pm to 1:30pm

    SPEAKER:  William F. Maloney (World Bank, Chief Economist, Equitable Growth, Finance and Institutions) 
    TITLE: “Engineering Growth: Innovative Capacity and Development in the AmericasPreview the document" (paper joint with Felipe Valencia Caicedo) 
    ABSTRACT: 
    This paper offers the first systematic historical evidence on the role of a central actor in modern growth theory - the engineer. We collect cross-country and state level data on the population share of engineers for the Americas, and county level data on engineering and patenting for the US during the Second Industrial Revolution. These are robustly correlated with income today after controlling for literacy, other types of higher order human capital (e.g. lawyers, physicians), demand side factors, and instrumenting engineering using the Land Grant Colleges program. We support these results with historical case studies from the US and Latin America.

    2018 Feb 23

    “From Revolving Doors to Regulatory Capture? Evidence from Patent Examiners"

    Location: 

    Baker 103, Bloomberg Center, HBS Campus
    12:00pm to 1:30pm

    Haris Tabakovic (Harvard Business School and The Brattle Group) 
    Paper: From Revolving Doors to Regulatory Capture? Evidence from Patent Examiners" (paper joint with Thomas Wollmann, University of Chicago)

    ABSTRACT:  Many regulatory agency employees are hired by the firms they regulate, creating a “revolving door” between government and the private sector. We study these transitions using detailed data from the US Patent and Trademark Office. We find that patent examiners grant significantly more patents to the firms that later hire them, that much of this leniency extends to prospective employers, and that these effects are strongest in years when firms are actively hiring. Ultimately, this leads the agency to issue lower quality patents, which we measure in citations. We argue these results are suggestive of regulatory capture.

    2018 Feb 09

    AI and Jobs: The Role of Demand

    Location: 

    Baker 103 (Bloomberg Center, HBS)
    12:00pm to 1:30pm

    SPEAKER: James Bessen (Technology & Policy Research Initiative, Boston University School of Law) 
    TITLE:  "AI and Jobs: The Role of DemandPreview the document"
    ABSTRACT: 
    Abstract: In manufacturing, technology has sharply reduced jobs in recent decades. But before that, for over a century, employment grew, even in industries experiencing rapid technological change. What changed? Demand was highly elastic at first and then became inelastic. The effect of artificial intelligence (AI) on jobs will similarly depend critically on the nature of demand. This paper presents a simple model of demand that accurately predicts the rise and fall of employment in the textile, steel, and automotive industries. This model provides a useful framework for exploring how AI is likely to affect jobs over the next 10 or 20 years. ... Read more about AI and Jobs: The Role of Demand
    2018 Jan 26

    Vehicle Electrification in China: Preferences, Policy, and Technology Trajectories

    Location: 

    Baker 103, Bloomberg Center, Harvard Business School
    12:00pm to 1:30pm

    Economics of Science and Engineering Workshop

    SPEAKER:  John Helveston ( Institute for Sustainable Energy at Boston University)
    SEMINAR TITLE: Vehicle Electrification in China: Preferences, Policy, and Technology Trajectories

    Paper 1: Will subsidies drive electric vehicle adoption? Measuring consumer preferences in the U.S. and China 
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    2017 Sep 15

    Innovation in the Cell Phone Markets of US and China

    Location: 

    Baker L​i​brary , Harvard Business School
    12:00pm to 1:30pm

    Economics of Science and Engineering Workshop
    Given by: Richard Freeman (Harvard University and NBER), Jorn Boenke (Labor & Worklife Program, Harvard Law School), and Magjie Cheng (Stanford University) 

    Cell phones are a product with continual innovation that have impacted lives around the world.  American adults spend 2 hours 51 minutes on their smartphone every day.  This paper analyzes the changing attributes of cell Phones in the two largest economies in the world, USA and China.  It uses hedonic price regressions to assess the speed of innovative change from data on prices matched with the attributes of new and older models.  It assesses the impact of innovations on cell phones on consumer well-being and assesses the seeming inconsistency between micro data on products with improved technological features and macro data that show sluggish growth of GDP per capita in the US.