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Naomi Hausman

Naomi Hausman
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E-Mail: naomi.hausman@mail.huji.ac.il
Institutional Affiliation: Hebrew University

NBER Working Papers and Publications

June 2019The Spatial Mismatch between Innovation and Joblessness
with Edward L. Glaeser
in Innovation Policy and the Economy, Volume 20, Josh Lerner and Scott Stern, editors
American technological creativity is geographically concentrated in areas that are generally distant from the country’s most persistent pockets of joblessness. Should innovation policy attempt to engender more innovation in distressed areas? Without any spatial reallocation, the primarily inventive parts of innovation policy, such as N.I.H. grants, can potentially aid underperforming areas through health improvements that reduce the share of people on Disability Insurance, for example. Since research funding is presumably already designed to maximize knowledge production, spatial reallocation may come at a considerable cost. The educational aspects of innovation policy, such as Pell Grants, work-study, vocational training, and Federal overhead reimbursement on grants, can better re...
May 2019The Spatial Mismatch Between Innovation and Joblessness
with Edward L. Glaeser: w25913
American technological creativity is geographically concentrated in areas that are generally distant from the country’s most persistent pockets of joblessness. Could a more even spatial distribution of innovation reduce American joblessness? Could Federal policies disperse innovation without significant costs? If research funding is already maximizing knowledge production, then spatial reallocation of that funding will reduce America’s overall innovation unless that reallocation comes with greater spending. Without any spatial reallocation, the primarily inventive parts of innovation policy, such as N.I.H. grants, can potentially aid underperforming areas by targeting the problems of those areas, like widespread disability. The educational aspects of innovation policy, such as Pell Grants,...
 
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