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The world has underestimated China’s rise as a scientific power

August 31, 2018

By Akshat Rathi
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The study, published by Qingnan Xie of Nanjing University and Richard Freeman of NBER, argues that the world has been underestimating China’s contribution to science. So far, the way country-level contributions are measured is based on how many scientific papers have authors with an address in a particular country. But the new study argues that using addresses does not account for cases in which, for instance, Chinese researchers author a paper while working at a US university.

Correcting for those sorts of mistakes, the authors find that Chinese researchers now publish more scientific papers than others. Roughly one in four scientific papers published has an author with a Chinese name or address. If Chinese-language papers are included, then the figure jumps up to 37%. By comparison, China contributes around 15% to global GDP.

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Can a Mad Max dystopia be stopped? Ex-RTP entrepreneur Wadhwa to find out at Harvard

April 13, 2018

by Rick Smith 
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Vivek Wadhwa has been named a Distinguished Fellow with the Labor and Worklife program at Harvard Law School “to help with what I consider to be the most important research project of our times: to understand the impact of technology on jobs and develop policies to mitigate the dangers.”

Reached by WRAL TechWire, Wadhwa says the project is “something that [economist] Richard Freeman and I have long been discussing. There is anecdotal evidence automation is affecting jobs but not enough hard research.”... Read more about Can a Mad Max dystopia be stopped? Ex-RTP entrepreneur Wadhwa to find out at Harvard

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36 prominent economists, including 3 Nobel laureates, explain to the Supreme Court why the anti-union position in Janus is simply wrong as a matter of basic economics

January 18, 2018

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Thirty-six distinguished economists and professors of law and economics including three Nobel laureates, two recipients of the American Economic Association’s prestigious John Bates Clark Medal, and two past presidents of the American Economic Association filed an amici curiae brief to assist the Supreme Court in understanding the free-rider problem at issue in Janus v. AFSCME.

Richard B. Freeman, who holds the Herbert Ascherman Chair in Economics at Harvard University, and is currently serving as Faculty co-Director of the Labor and Worklife Program at the Harvard Law School, was on of the 36 signers. 

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Labor union for veterinary workforce makes national push: Associates, technicians, support staff would be represented

September 21, 2017

By: Lisa Wogan
For The VIN News Service 

Richard Freeman was rferenced in article  about veterinary personnel looking to organize. it’s about more than wages, Hughston said. “We’re talking about things like work/life balance, like respecting professional boundaries, like making sure we have safe procedures and protocols in place, that we have safe levels of staffing,” she said.

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Emerald Publishing names eminent economist team to edit new journal, The Journal of Participation and Employee Ownership

September 19, 2017

 In what is a coup for Emerald Publishing, the newly launched Journal of Participation and Employee Ownership (JPEO) will be edited by Richard B. Freeman, holder of the Herbert Ascherman Chair in Economics at Harvard University, and Takao Kato, W.S. Schupf Professor of Economics and Far Eastern Studies at Colgate University.

JPEO is the first leading forum for new economics of participation, economic analysis of new participatory work practices and shared capitalism. It is the only mainstream journal for rigorous research on shared capitalism, employee ownership, profit sharing, gainsharing, and broad-based stock option.

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The corporate war against unions

September 2, 2017

Richard Freeman, co-director of the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School, is quoted in CNN article "The Corporate War Against Unions" by By Jonathan Tasini on September 2, 2017.

Freeman points out, "In 2002 the proportion of workers who said they would vote for a union rose above the proportion that said they would vote against a union for the first time in any national survey: a majority of nonunion workers now desire union representation in their workplace."

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China’s “Great Leap Forward” in Science and Engineering

June 20, 2017

in Vox China
By Richard Freeman, LWP Faculty Director, Professor, Harvard University 

"This essay argues that because of its huge population, China’s Great Leap Forward in science and engineering has the magnitude (Freeman and Huang, 2015) mindful of the United States’ post-World War II ascendance in global science. China’s economic impact should put to rest debates over whether a one-party state with a sometimes overweening government can be truly innovative (Wei, Xie, and Zhang, 2017). As long as China’s eye is on the prize of knowledge, it will be a global leader in innovation in the next decade. "