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Adam B. Jaffe

Research Professor at Brandeis University and Senior Lecturer at the Sloan School of Management at M.I.T

Adam B. Jaffe is Research Professor at Brandeis University and Senior Lecturer at the Sloan School of Management at M.I.T. From 2013-17 he was Director and Senior Fellow of Motu Economic and Policy Research in Wellington New Zealand. He came to Motu from Brandeis University, where he was the Fred C. Hecht Professor in Economics, Chair of Economics and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Jaffe’s research focuses on the economics of research and innovation, particularly the relationship between public research and commercial innovation, the measurement of the impacts of research, and the role of the patent system. He is an Editor of Research Policy and the Chair of the U.S. National Academies Board on Science, Technology and Economic Policy. Jaffe is the author of over 100 scholarly articles and two books—Patents, Citations and Innovations: A Window on the Knowledge Economy (with Manuel Trajtenberg, 2002); and Innovation and Its Discontents: How Our Broken Patent System is Endangering Innovation and Progress and What to Do About It (with Josh Lerner, 2004). Jaffe is Principal Investigator for the Sloan-Foundation-funded Innovation Information Initiative (https://iii.pubpub.org/), which is building a network of researchers to foster standardized sharing through open access of innovation metrics based on patent data.