The Role of Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Economic Growth

Aaron Chatterji, Josh Lerner, Scott Stern, and Michael J. Andrews, Organizers

January 7-8, 2020

Computer History Museum, 1401 N Shoreline Blvd, Mountain View, CA

Conference Code of Conduct

Tuesday, January 7
Academic Session
Each author will have 20 minutes to present, followed by 10 minutes for the discussant and 15 minutes for audience Q&A.
8:00 am
Continental Breakfast
8:15 am
8:30 am
Erica Fuchs, Carnegie Mellon University and NBER
Kate S. Whitefoot, Carnegie Mellon University
Britta M. Glennon, University of Pennsylvania and NBER
Christophe B. Combemale, Carnegie Mellon University

The “Weighty” Manufacturing Sector: Transforming Raw Materials into Physical Goods
Discussant: Kathryn L. Shaw, Stanford University and NBER
9:15 am
Chris Forman, Cornell University
Avi Goldfarb, University of Toronto and NBER

Concentration and agglomeration of IT innovation: Evidence from patenting (slides)
Discussant: Erik Brynjolfsson, Stanford University and NBER
10:10 am
10:15 am
David Popp, Syracuse University and NBER
Jacquelyn Pless, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Ivan Hascic, OECD
Nick Johnstone, International Energy Agency

Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Energy Sector
Discussant: Hunt Allcott, Stanford University and NBER
11:00 am
Julian Alston, University of California at Davis
Phillip Pardey, University of Minnesota

Innovation, Growth and Structural Change in American Agriculture
Discussant: Brian Wright, University of California, Berkeley
11:45 am
Panel on Policies to Promote Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Panelists: Ben Jones, Northwestern University and NBER
Lucia Foster, U.S. Census Bureau
Karen Mills, Harvard University
1:15 pm
Joel Waldfogel, University of Minnesota and NBER

Digitization and its Consequences for Creative-Industry Product and Labor Markets
Discussant: Gustavo Manso, University of California at Berkeley
2:00 pm
Francine Lafontaine, University of Michigan
Jagadeesh Sivadasan, University of Michigan

The Recent Evolution of Physical Retail Markets: Online Retailing, Big Box Stores, and the Rise of Restaurants
Discussant: Emek Basker, U.S. Census Bureau
2:45 pm
3:00 pm
Mercedes Delgado, Copenhagen Business School
Daniel Kim, University of Pennsylvania
Karen G. Mills, Harvard University

The Servicification of the U.S. Economy: The Role of Startups versus Incumbent Firms
Discussant: Sharat Ganapati, Georgetown University and NBER
3:45 pm
Barbara Biasi, Yale University and NBER
David J. Deming, Harvard University and NBER
Petra Moser, New York University and NBER

Education and Innovation
Discussant: Eleanor W. Dillon, Microsoft Research
4:30 pm
4:45 pm
Joshua R. Bruce, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
John M. de Figueiredo, Duke University and NBER

Innovation in the U.S. Federal Government (slides)
Discussant: Manuel Trajtenberg, Tel Aviv University and NBER
5:30 pm
5:45 pm
Reception and Dinner - Cucina Venti Restaurant, 1390 Pear Avenue
Wednesday, January 8
8:30 am
Continental Breakfast
9:00 am
Edward Kung, California State University, Northridge

Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Housing and Real Estate
Discussant: Jessie Handbury, University of Pennsylvania and NBER
9:45 am
Amitabh Chandra, Harvard University and NBER

Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Health Care
Discussant: Heidi L. Williams, Dartmouth College and NBER
10:30 am
10:45 am
Derrick Choe, New York University
Alexander Oettl, Georgia Institute of Technology and NBER
Robert Seamans, New York University

What’s Driving Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Transportation Sector?
Discussant: Gilles Duranton, University of Pennsylvania and NBER
11:30 am
Integrated Academic-Practitioner Session
12:00 pm
Keynote: Benjamin Jones, Kellogg School of Management and NBER
1:00 pm
Fireside Chat, Katie Finnegan, Store No. 8 (subject to scheduling confirmation)
Moderator: Kathryn Shaw, Stanford and NBER
1:45 pm
Panel 1: Driving Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Moderator: Shane Greenstein, Harvard University and NBER
Barb Stuckey, Mattson
Jose Mejia, Founding Team, Bay Networks; Investor (IT)
Alexsis de Raadt St. James, Merian Ventures (IT)
James Cham, Bloomberg Beta (Platforms; AI)
2:45 pm
3:00 pm
Fireside Chat, Arati Prabhakar, Actuate; former Director, DARPA
Moderator: Scott Stern, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and NBER
3:45 pm
Panel 2: Policy Challenges
Moderator: Josh Lerner, Harvard University and NBER
Chris Kirchhoff, Schmidt Futures
Bob Kocher, Venrock (Health)
Jean Rogers, Long-Term Stock Exchange (Finance, subject to confirmation)
Ilan Gur, Cyclotron Road (Energy)
4:45 pm
5:00 pm
Fireside Chat: Sal Khan, Khan Academy
Moderator: Ronnie Chatterji, Duke University and NBER
5:45 pm