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Intellectual Property Rights and Innovation: Evidence from the Human Genome

Heidi L. Williams

NBER Working Paper No. 16213
Issued in July 2010

---- Acknowledgements -----

I am very grateful to Wes Cohen, Joe Doyle, Dan Fetter, Matt Gentzkow, Claudia Goldin, Sam Kortum, Amanda Kowalski, Fiona Murray, Jesse Shapiro, Scott Stern, three anonymous referees, numerous seminar participants, and especially my PhD advisers David Cutler, Amy Finkelstein, and Larry Katz for comments. Several individuals from Celera, the Human Genome Project, and related institutions provided invaluable guidance, including Sam Broder, Peter Hutt, and particularly Mark Adams, David Altshuler, Bob Cook-Deegan, Eric Lander, Robert Millman, and seminar participants at the Broad Institute. David Robinson provided valuable assistance with the data collection. Financial support from NIA Grant Number T32-AG000186 to the NBER, NSF Grant Number 1151497, and the Center for American Political Studies at Harvard is gratefully acknowledged. The views expressed herein are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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