The NBER Reporter 2012 Number 1: Books
The Intended and Unintended Effects of U.S. Agricultural and Biotechnology Policies
The Intended and Unintended Effects of U.S. Agricultural and Biotechnology Policies, edited by Joshua S. Graff Zivin and Jeffrey M. Perloff, is an NBER Conference Report that examines a wide range of policy issues that surround U.S. agriculture and the biofuel industry. Among the topics addressed are: how funds distributed by agricultural insurance programs were created to support farmers but often benefit crop processors instead; how the demand for biofuel could create uncertainty around agricultural prices; the ways in which genetically engineered crops might affect the competing goals of energy production, environmental protection, and maintenance of the global food supply; and how the growing availability of genetically-engineering food products affects world food markets. The volume is available from the University of Chicago Press for $99.00.
Graff Zivin is an NBER Research Associate and Associate Professor of Economics at the University of California, San Diego. Perloff is a former member of NBER's Board of Directors and a Professor in the Agricultural and Resource Economics Department at the University of California, Berkeley.
The Rate and Direction of Inventive Activity Revisited
The Rate and Direction of Inventive Activity Revisited, edited by Josh Lerner and Scott Stern, is an NBER Conference Report that addresses a range of fundamental questions about the economics of innovation and technological change. Among the topics discussed are how institutions such as universities, the environment surrounding patent policy, and other factors together affect the environment for innovation; the effect of public and private research funding on the rate of scientific progress; and how "open research" and the diffusion of information technology can influence knowledge accumulation more generally. The volume is available from the University of Chicago Press for $120.00.
Lerner is a co-director of the NBER's Program on Productivity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship. Stern is director of the NBER's Innovation Policy Working Group; both Lerner and Stern are NBER Research Associates. Lerner is also the Jacob H. Schiff Professor of Investment Banking at Harvard Business School. Stern is Distinguished Professor of Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management at MIT's Sloan School of Management.