SOAS University of London

World leading scholar to give SOAS Penrose Lectures on innovation, development and patents

8 March 2018

SOAS University of London will next week host the Penrose Lectures on innovation, development and patents with one of the world's leading authorities on R&D, innovation, patents, productivity and industrial policy: Professor Bronwyn Hall from University of California Berkeley.

The Penrose Lectures were established in memory of Professor Edith Penrose who made an outstanding contribution to social science. As well as being a pioneer in the disciplines of economics and management, where she is most well-known for her work on the growth of firms, Penrose was the first woman to hold a professorial position in economics at SOAS.

Bronwyn Hall is Professor of Economics Emerita at the University of California at Berkeley, Visiting Professor at MPI-Munich, a Research Associate at the NBER and IFS-London, and a Visiting Fellow at NIESR, London. She is widely regarded as one on the world’s leading authorities on innovation and has published numerous articles on the economics, econometrics and policy of technical change and innovation. Her research includes comparative analysis of the U.S. and European patent systems, the use of patent citation data for the valuation of intangible (knowledge) assets, comparative firm level R&D investment and innovation studies, measuring the returns to R&D and innovation, and analysis of technology policies such as R&D subsidies and tax incentives.

The first lecture will be held on 13 March and is titled Innovation and Development: the Role of Patents. The second lecture on 15 March will look Policies for Innovation.

In recognition of Professor Edith Penrose’s work and legacy, the Penrose Lectures provide a platform for outstanding scholars to communicate their research work to faculty, students, practitioners and the wider public. The lectures are held each year on a subject in economics, management or political economy.  Professor Hall’s lectures will tackle some of the most important issues facing firms, organisations and governments in today’s global economy.

To find out more and to register, visit the event pages.