Crisis Innovation and National Competitiveness

Crisis Innovation Policy from World War II to COVID-19

(with Bhaven Sampat)

NBER Entrepreneurship and Innovation Policy and the Economy, 135-181. 2022.

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Press: The AtlanticNPRResOrg      

The Economics of Crisis Innovation Policy: A Historical Perspective

(with Bhaven Sampat)

AEA Papers & Proceedings, 111, 346-350. 2021.

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Press: AEIdeas

Automation and Technology Diffusion

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Managing Creative Workers

Creativity Under Fire: The Effects of Competition on Creative Production

The Review of Economics and Statistics, 102(3), 583-599. 2020.

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Performance Feedback in Competitive Product Development

RAND Journal of Economics, 48(2), 438-466. 2017.

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Working papers

Organizational Frictions and Increasing Returns to Automation: Lessons from AT&T in the Twentieth Century

(with James Feigenbaum) **Strategy Science conference "Best Paper" award

revise & resubmit at Management Science

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Inventing the Endless Frontier: The Effects of the World War II Research Effort on Post-war Innovation

(with Bhaven Sampat)

note: a significantly expanded version of this paper is underway, but has been delayed multiple years by the closure of the U.S. National Archives to outside researchers during the COVID-19 pandemic. new draft expected Fall 2022.

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Innovation and the Dynamics of New Enterprise

(with Jorge Guzman and Innessa Colaiacovo)

draft available upon request

Projects in progress

The Incidence and Effects of Foreign IP Theft on U.S. Firms and Industries


(with Britta Glennon and Lia Sheer)

The Long-Run Effects of the World War II Medical Research Effort on Science, Technology, and Practice

(with Bhaven Sampat)

A Century of Government-funded Invention: Insights from Administrative Data

(with Bhaven Sampat)

Other papers

Good Reverberations? Teacher Influence in Music Composition since 1450

by Karol Jan Borowiecki

Journal of Political Economy, 130(4), 2022.

Over the years 2015-2018, I co-developed this paper from its conception to data collection and measurement of composer similarity, early analysis, framing, and initial drafting, before removing myself from the project to focus on my crisis innovation agenda. The abstract, much of the introduction, and nearly all of the tables and figures in the body of the paper were prepared during this time, after which Karol shepherded the paper through submission, revisions, and the accompanying uncertainty of the R&R process. It's a project I'm fond of (especially given a personal interest in and experience playing the Western classical canon!), and am happy to see well-published.