Seminars: Economics of Science & Engineering

Term:  Fall 2020 and Spring 2021

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Co-sponsor & Co-Host:  HBS SBBI /TOM Seminar (Science Based Business Initiative

Meeting Time:  Fridays, 10:30am-12pm. 
Time may be adjusted if needed, to best accommodate time zones.
- Day of week may vary, to best accommodate speaker or audience 

Description:  Focus on work force and career issues. Topics include: Effects of globalization on work force and innovation, growth of networks in work; impact of career incentives on productivity; university policies; mobility between academe and industry; link between ideas and outputs, and affects of the Covid19 pandemic on the economics of science.  

Joint with China Economy Seminar
Web Feb 3 @ 8pm





Wed Feb 3 @ 8pm


NOTE DATE/TIME: this seminar is joint with China Economy Seminar 

NOTE: date for this seminar is Wed Feb 3 @ 8pm, as it is joint with China Econ Seminar

SPEAKER:  Xiaoying LI (Institute of Guangdong, Hong Kong, and Macao Development Studies)
TITLE: "Robot Use and Export Upgrading" (paper joint with Qiren Liu (Quangzhou University, School of Economics and Statistics, and Richard B. Freeman (Harvard Univ)) 
As a new general-purpose technology widely used across the world, robots have radically transform industries as well as firms behavior. Using firm-product level data from the Custom of China, this paper compares the exported products quality of firms who use robots to those who do not within the same industry from 2006 to 2012 to find out the effect of robot adoption on export upgrading. First, robot adoption has significantly positive effects on export product quality, reflected in rising demand quantities and product prices. Second, difference in difference specifications together with propensity score matching (PSM) is used to solve endogeneous problems caused by selection bias. Robot use in Europe is used as instrument variable to solve endogenous problems caused by unobservable missing variables and reverse causal relation and the coefficients of robot adoption on product quality remain significantly positive. Thirdly, heterogeneous effects of robots on product quality are studied. We divide products into homogenous goods and differentiated goods, and find that robot use improves product quality and prices for differentiated goods, not for homogenous goods. Furthermore, robot use enlarges firm’s export products types and countries of export destinations.

April 16 or April 23

SPEAKER: Christian Chacua (University of Bordeaux, HKS CID Growth Lab) 
TITLE: The Life Cycle of Research Interest" (paper with Richard B. Freeman)



Location of Baker 102 (Bloomberg Center), HBS

Zoom Recordings (2020-2021) | and | Speaker Papers and PPTs (since 2012)

2020, 11/20: XIE, Qingnan: Chinese Diaspora Researchers in the US: Contributing to US science discoveries and connecting US and China science (paper joint w/ Richard Freeman) 

2020, 11/13: Forecasting the energy implications of electric, autonomous fleets (paper joint with Laurena Huh and Richard Freeman)

2020, 11/6:  JONES-Benjamin and KIM_Daniel "Immigration and Entrepreneurship in the United States” (paper joint with Pierre Azoulay and Javier Miranda)

2020, 10/30: LARIVIERE-Vincent: "“Dissemination of Knowledge in the Context of a Pandemic”

2020, 10/23: JAFFE, Adam: "Tracing the Linkages Between Scientific Research and Energy Innovations: A Comparison of Clean and Dirty Technologies" (paper joint w/ Robert K. Perrons and Trinh Le)

2020, 10/9: FURMAN, Jeffrey and TEODORIS, Florenta: "Machine Learning Could Improve Innovation Policy”

2020, 10/2: WAGNER-Caroline, Consolidation in a Crisis: Patterns of International Collaboration in COVID-19 Research (paper joint w/ Caroline V. Fry, Xiaojing Cai, and Yi Zhang)

2020, 9/25: NICHOLSON-Josh:  " a deep learning platform that evaluates the reliability of scientific claims by citation analysis". 

2020, 9/18: FREDERICKSON-Megan: "The Panemic Penalty: The Gendered Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Scientific Productivity” (paper joint w/ Molly M. King, Santa Clara University)
SEMINAR ZOOM RECORDING - 2020.9.18:  Includes Audio transcript & chat (toggle tab to see chat)

2020, 9/11: FREILICH-Janet, SEMINAR: Is the Patent System Sensitive to Information Quality" - Zoom Recording and Chat questions
2020, 9/11: FREILICH-Janet:  RELATED RESEARCH: Freilich, Janet and Lisa Larrimore Ouellette. 2019. "Science Fiction: Fictitious Experiments in Patents" Science: Policy Forum (Intellectual Property),Science  Vol. 364, Issue 6445 (14 Jun): 1036-1037.
SEMINAR ZOOM RECORDING - 2020.09.11 (mp4) and CHAT questions

2020, 4/3:  LOGG-Jennifer:  "Algorithm Appreciation: People Prefer Algorithmic to Human Judgement" (paper with Julia A. Minson and Don Moore)

2020, 2/28:  HILL-Ryan, "Scooped! Estimating Rewards for Priority in Science"

2019, 11/22: GLAESER-Edward: The Spatial Mismatch between Innovation and Joblessness_NBERchap-in-Lerner-Stern_Ec3118
2019, 11/22: GLAESER-Edward: The Rise of Non-Employed Men

2019, 11/15: NUNES-Ashley: ​Can driverless technology upend personal vehicle ownership? A bottom-up global analysis_Ec3118

2019, 9/27: BOUDREAU-Kevin and MARX-Matt: From Theory to Practice: Field Experimental Evidence on Early Exposure of Engineering Majors to Professional Work

2019, 9/20:  FRANK-Morgan: Paper 1 - Small cities face greater impact from automationJournal of the Royal Society Interface (2018).
2019, 9/20: FRANK-Morgan: Paper 2 - Unpacking the polarization of workplace skillsScience Advances (2018).
2019, 9/20: FRANK-Morgan: Paper 3 - Towards understanding the impact of AI on laborPNAS (2019).

2019, 9/13: GUZMAN-Jorge: The Impact of State-Level R&D Tax Credits on the Quantity and Quality of Entrepreneurship_NBERwp26099_ec3118

2019, 4/22: ROSSI-Francesca: AI-Ethics-for-Enterprise-AI_ec3118-HBS.pdf

2019, 3/8: Van REENAN-John: Who Becomes an Inventor in America_NBERwp24062.pdf

2019, 2/25: FURMAN-Jason: AI-and-Economy_NBERwp24689.pdf

2019, 2/22: LI-Li-and-MAK-Eric: Peer Optimal Assignment_with-Wang_4Jan19.pdf

2019, 2/1: FREEMAN-Richard and XIE-Qingnan: Bigger than You Thought_Chinas Contribution_JOURNAL_China and World Economy_Jan2019.pdf

2018, 4/20: LO-Andrew: paper-1_SBBI-4-20-18_NBT_Dec2017.pdf

2018, 4/20: LO-Andrew: paper-2_SBBI-4-20-18_Jamaoncology_Montazerhodjat_2017_oi_170004.pdf

2018, 4/20: LO-Andrew: paper-3_SBBI-4-20-18_DDT_Devices.pdf

2018, 4/20: LO-Andrew: paper-4_SBBI-4-20-18_predictive_15.pdf

2018, 4/20: LO-Andrew: paper-5_SBBI-4-20-18_ClinTrialSuccess.pdf

2018, 3/2: MALONEY-Bill: Engineering-Growth_8-31-17.pdf

2018, 2/23_TABAKOVIC-Haris: Revolving_Doors_Tabakovic_Wollmann_ec2888r.pdf

2018, 2/9: BESSEN-James: AI and Job - The Role of Demand_nberw24235.pdf

2017, 10/6: GLENNON-Britta: Offshoring Innovation in Taiwan_WP_6Oct 2017.pdf

2017, 10/4: BORJAS-George: 10-4-17_Ethnic-Complementarities-Students_NBERw21096.pdf

2017, 4/21: GREENSTEIN-Shane: ICTE-1.pdf

2017, 2/17: LANE-Julie_et-al: Research Funding and Regional Economics_NBERw23018.pdf

2017, 2/17: LANE-Julie_et-al: PPT_Research Funding and Regional Economies_2-17-17

2017, 2/3: KERR-William_et-al: Mechanics of Endogenous Innovation_Patents.pdf

2016, 12/9: DEMING: SocialSkills_NoAppendix_Aug2016.pdf

2016, 11/4: BOSSO-Christopher: JNR.pdf

2016, 10/28: MOTOYAMA-Yas: Connected Entrepreneurs.pdf

2016, 10/21: LESCHLY SEMINAR: SWARTZ_Speech_10-21-16.htm

2016, 10/21: LESCHLY SEMINAR: BERGER-Kenneth_5-Minutes Sermon.pdf

2016, 10/7: Doblinger: Governments as partners (w-Surana+Anadon).pdf

2016, 10/6: BORNER: full report_NSF-ModSTI-Conf-Report_for-SBBI-10-6-16.pdf

2016, 10/6: BORNER: Discussion-on-10-6-16_Modelling Sci Tech Innov.docx

2016, 9/16: WANG: Bias Against Novelty in Science_(with Veugelers-Stephan)_w22180.pdf

2016, 4/8: ARORA-Ashish_Killing the Golden Goose - Decline of Science in Corporate R&D

2016, 3:11: GANGULI-Ina: Mobility of Elite Life Scientists.pdf

2016, 2/5: WILLIAMS-Heidi: How Do Patents Affect Follow-on Innovation_Evidence from Human Genome_WP21666_Oct2015.pdf

2015, 12/4: Richard Freeman and Sen Chai

2015, 11/6: Jing Xia: Financing and the Market for Ideas - Evidence from Biopharma.pdf

2015, 10/30: Annamaria Conti: PhD Career-Preferences.pdf

2015, 10/30: CONTI-Annamaria: 10-30-15_Visentin_PhD_Career_Preferences.pdf

2015, 10/23: Weihua An: 2-Abstracts_Extracting Social Networks_and_Subject Citation Networks.pdf

2015, 9/22: Chunli Bai: Math Seminar

2015, 9/18: Melanie Sinche: ABSTRACT_Identifying Career Pathways for PhDs in Science.pdf

2015, 4/24: Adam Isen

2015, 3/6: Riccardo Crescenzi

2015, 3/27: David Ong

2015, 2/20: Matt Neidell: 2-Paper_Particulate Pollution and Productivity of Pear Packers

2015, 2/20: Matt Neidell: 1-Paper_Impact of Pollution on Worker Productivity

2014, 4/4: Dan Wang

2014, 4/25: Dan Wang

2014, 3/28: Ralf Martin

2014, 2/28: Paula Stephan: 3_Paper 3_Mobile Scientists-Intl Networks

2014, 2/28: Paula Stephan: 2_Paper 2_Migrant Scientists

2014, 2/28: Paula Stephan: 1b_Paper 1 supplement

2014, 2/28: Paula Stephan: 1a_Paper 1_text_Foreign Born Scientists

2014, 2/14: John Van Reenan

2014, 12/5: William Kerr

2014, 11/21: Gabriel Chan

CHAN-Gabriel_11-21-14_JMP - National Lab Patent Licensing.pdf

2014, 10/3: Susan Feng Lu

2014, 10/10: Sen CHAI

2014, 10/10: CHAI-Sen: Moving Beyond Bibliometrics_10-11-13.pdf

2013, 9/13: Nirupama Rao

2013, 3/8: Blume-Kohout

2013, 4/19: Nirupama Rao

2013, 3/15: Lubynsky: Abstract and Summary

2013, 3/15: Lubynsky: Powerpoint

2013, 11/8: Gabe Chan and Laura Diaz Anadon

2013, 10/18: George Borjas and Kirk Doran

2013, 10/11: Sen Chai

2012, 10/26: Freeman - Paper 2

2012, 10/26: Freeman - Paper 1