I'm an Associate Professor of Economics at NYU Stern.
My research combines methods from economic history and applied microeconomics to examine the determinants of creativity and innovation.
I study the behavior of inventors, artists, and writers from the 19th century to today to figure out what makes people creative, what encourages firms to take the risks that are inherent in innovation, and what types of institutions encourage people to do their best work.
My book project "Patents and Pirates" draws on records of 19th century world fairs to examine how the US and Europe used piracy to catch up to the technology frontier. E-mail me if you'd like to read a chapter; I'd welcome any comments.