National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

To organize and support research on the economics of digitization

  • Amount $667,316
  • City Cambridge, MA
  • Investigator Shane Greenstein
  • Initiative Economic Analysis of Science and Technology (EAST)
  • Year 2014
  • Program Research
  • Sub-program Economic Institutions, Behavior, & Performance

Funds from this grant provide three years of support to the National Bureau of Economic Research for expenses associated with the continued operation of the Economics of Digitization Working Group.  Led by Shane Greenstein of Northwestern, Josh Lerner of Harvard, and Scott Stern of MIT, the Economics of Digitization working group brings together a diverse group of economists to examine issues related to the digital revolution, including the structure and features of markets that deal in digital goods and services, copyright and intellectual property issues, privacy in the digital age, the role of prices in digital markets, and capturing digital work and productivity in economic statistics like GDP.   Grant funds will support working group conferences at the NBER Summer Institute and at Stanford.  They will also support one postdoctoral fellow and four research sub-awards per year.

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