Bronwyn H. Hall – Bio

   March 2012








Bronwyn H. Hall is Professor in the Graduate School at the University of California at Berkeley and 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. She is also the founder and 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.


Professor Hall has published articles on the economics and econometrics of technical change in journals such as Econometrica, the American Economic Review, the Rand Journal of Economics, and Research Policy. She is also the editor with Nathan Rosenberg of the Handbook of the Economics of Innovation, in the Elsevier series. Her current research includes comparative analysis of the U.S. and European patent systems, the use of patent citation data for the valuation of intangible (knowledge) assets, comparative firm-level investment and innovation studies (the G-7 economies), measuring the returns to R&D and innovation at the firm level, analysis of technology policies such as R&D subsidies and tax incentives, and of recent changes in patenting behavior in the semiconductor and computer industries. 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.


Professor Hall currently serves as an associate editor of the Economics of Innovation and New Technology and Industrial and Corporate Change and as advisory editor of Research Policy. She is a member of Advisory Boards of the European Patent Office, the Deutsche Institut fuer Wirtschaftsforschung, the Innovation Research Centre (University of Cambridge and Imperial College) and the Solvay Business School (Brussels). She is also a past member of the U.S. Federal Economic Statistics Advisory Committee, the Expert Group on Knowledge for Growth and High Level Panel on Measuring Innovation at the European Commission, the Science, Technology, and Economic Policy (STEP) Board of the National Research Council, where she served on the Intellectual Property, R&D statistics, the New Economy, and Comparative Innovation Policy committees. She has visited and taught at several institutions such as Oxford University; Cambridge University; L. Bocconi University, Milan; Scuola Superiore Sant’anna, Pisa; University of Bologna; European University Institute, Florence; the Einaudi Foundation, Rome; LMU-Muenchen; KU Leuven, Belgium; Hitotsubashi Universiry, Tokyo; and the New Economic School, Moscow.


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