Manuel Trajtenberg

December 2005


Born:   September 21, 1950, Cordoba, Argentina.

Citizenship:       Israeli

Family Status: Married, three children.


Eitan Berglas School of Economics                               Tel.  972-3-640-9911

Tel-Aviv University                                                       Fax: 972-3-640-9908

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Harvard University:

      Ph.D. in Economics (with Distinction), 1984.


Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel:

      M.A. in Economics, 1976

      B.A. in Economics and Sociology (with Honors), 1973.




National Science Foundation Grant, 2005-08, SES-0527657 "Harnessing Patent Data for Social Science Research" (with Iain Cockburn, Bronwyn Hall and Woody Powell).


The Israel Science Foundation Grant 1289/05, 2005-08, “The Names Game: Tracing the Mobility of Inventors with Patent Data.”


US-Israel  Binational  Science  Foundation, Grant 2004097, 2005-08, “Innovation in the Early Automobile Industry, and the Interaction with Infrastructure Development” (with Ariel Pakes and Liran Einav).


CIAR – Canadian Institute of Advanced Research, Economic Growth Program

      Fellow, 1998 - 2002


Grant from The Israel Science Foundation, 1996-98, “The Impact of Spillovers on the Economy: An Empirical Assessment Using Patent Data.”


Grant from the US-Israel  Binational  Science  Foundation,  1995-98  (with Nathan Rosenberg) “The Steam Engine and Lasers: a Study of General Purpose Technologies.”


National Science Foundation Grant, 1994-97 (with Adam Jaffe) “The Sources and Effects of Knowledge Spillovers.”


National Science Foundation  Grant,  1994-97  (with  Adam  Jaffe), “Using Patent Citation Data to Trace Knowledge Flows.”


National Science Foundation Grant SES91-10516, 1991-92 (with A. Jaffe and Michael S. Fogarty) “Getting  Down to Basics: Using University and Corporate Patents to Identify Basic Innovations and Trace Their Diffusion.” 


Invited  plenary  lecture to the biennial meetings of the Israeli Economic Association, Tel-Aviv 1991: “Technology and Economics: The Opening of  the ‘Black Box’.”


Awarded  the  Robert  Troupe  Paine  Prize  for  1986-1989 by the Board of Syndics of Harvard University Press, Sept. 1990 (see Publications below).


Co-winner of the 1990 International Joseph A. Schumpeter Society  Biennial Prize Competition, June 1990 (see Publications below).


Named one of the top seven teachers at Tel-Aviv University, for the academic year 1987/88.


American Research Fellowship ($7,000), US Information Agency, June 1985.


The Joseph Schumpeter Fellowship ($6,000), Harvard University, June 1981.





Tel Aviv University, Eitan Berglas School of Economics

      Chairman, January 2002 – January 2004

      Acting Chairman, August 2001 – December 2001

      Full Professor, since 2004  

      Associate Professor, 1997  - 2004

      Senior Lecturer, 1991 - 1997        

      Lecturer, 1984-1991


Stanford University,

      Landau Visiting Senior Fellow at SIEPR / CREEG, Fall 2004 (half sabbatical)


National Bureau of Economic Research, and Harvard University, Department of Economics,

      Visiting Fellow (half sabbatical), Fall 2000.


Stanford University

      Visiting Professor, Department of Economics, and Visiting Senior Research             Associate, Center for Economic Policy Research, 1993-94 (sabbatical)


Harvard University, Graduate School of Business Administration

      Senior Research Fellow, academic year 1989/90 (sabbatical).


Stanford University, Center for Economic Policy Research

      Visiting Fellow, summer of 1988.


Harvard University, Department of Economics

      Visiting Scholar, Summer of 1985.

      Teaching Fellow, 1980-83


Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Department of Economics

      Instructor, 1975-78




The Sapir Forum

Director, since 2005; Research Program on the Economics of Higher Education (joint with the Neaman Institute)


The Samuel Neaman Institute for Advanced Studies in Science and Technology, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology

      Head, Program on “Science, Technology and the Economy”, since 1999


CEPR (London, UK)

      Research Fellow, since 1999


National Bureau of Economic Research, Cambridge, Mass.

      Research Associate, since 1991

      Faculty Research Fellow, 1986, 1987.

Conference on Research in Income and Wealth

The Conference on Research in Income and Wealth (CRIW),

      Member, since 2005


The World Bank

      Consultant on Innovation and R&D Policy for Development, 2005 –

Lucca Institute for Advanced Studies - IMT, Italy – Graduate Program on Economics, Markets and Institutions

      Member of the Scientific Board, 2005 -

The Rand Journal of Economics

      Associate Editor, 1995 - 2003


The Journal of Industrial Economics

      Associate Editor, since 2001


The Journal of Technology Transfer

      Board of Editors, since 2002


The Journal of Innovation and New Technology

      Associate Editor, since 1989


The Review of Economics and Statistics

      Associate Editor, 1999 – 2003


The International Journal of Industrial Organization

      Associate Editor, 1994 - 2000


Ministry of Industry and Trade, Office of the Chief Scientist, “Magnet” Program for the Support of Generic, Pre-Competitive Technologies

      Member of the Directorate, 1997- 2000


The National Council for Research and Development, and The National Council for the Development of Scientific and Technological Infrastructure in Israel

      Member (a Government appointment), 1996/97


Committee for Drafting Merger Guidelines for Israel

      Member, by appointment of the Minister of Trade and Industry, 1995


Foerder Institute for Economic Research, and  Sackler  Institute  of  Economic

Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Tel Aviv University

      Director, 1991 - 93


Eden Springs (the largest mineral water company in Israel)

      Board of Directors, 1998 - 2004


BATM – Advanced Communications (a High-Tech Company)

      Board of Directors, 1998-2001



Referee for: The American Economic Review, Econometrica, The Rand Journal of Economics, The Review of Economics and Statistics, the National Science Foundation, the Binational Science Foundation, The Journal of International Economics, The Journal of Innovation and New Technology, Harvard University Press.





I. Books


Patents, Citations and Innovations: A Window on the Knowledge Economy (with Adam Jaffe). Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2002. ISBN 0-262-10095-9. Includes data CD.


Economic Analysis of  Product  Innovation  -  The  Case  of  CT  Scanners. Cambridge, Mass:  Harvard University Press, 1990. Co-winner of the 1990 International Joseph A. Schumpeter Society Biennal Prize Competition, and winner of the Robert Troup Paine Prize for 1986-1989 awarded by Harvard University Press.




II. Articles


“Defense R&D in the Anti-Terrorist Era”. Defence and Peace Economics, forthcoming 2006.


“Patent Citations and the Geography of Knowledge Spillovers: A Reassessment – Comment” (with Rebecca Henderson and Adam Jaffe). American Economic Review, 95 (1), March 2005, pp. 461- 464.


“Market Value and Patent Citations” (with Adam Jaffe and Bronwyn H. Hall). Rand Journal of Economics, Vol. 36 (1), Spring 2005, pp. 16 – 38.


A General Purpose Technology at Work: The Corliss Steam Engine in the late 19th Century US” (with Nathan Rosenberg). The Journal of Economic History, Vol. 64, No. 1, March 2004, pp. 61-99.


“In Memoriam: Zvi Griliches (1930-1999).” (joint with Ernst R. Berndt). Journal of Economic and Social Measurement, 27 (2001), pp. 93-97.


“Innovation in Israel 1968-97: A Comparative Analysis Using Patent Data.” Research Policy, 30 (3), pp. 363-390, March 2001.


“Knowledge Spillovers and Patent Citations: Evidence from A Survey of Inventors” (with Adam Jaffe and Michael S. Fogarty). American Economic Review, Vol. 90, Papers and Proceedings, May 2000, pp. 215-218.


“International Knowledge Flows: Evidence from Patent Citations” (with Adam Jaffe)., Economics of Innovation and New Technology, 1999, 8, pp. 105-136.


"Universities as a Source of Commercial Technology: A Detailed Analysis of University Patenting 1965-1988" (with R. Henderson and A.  Jaffe).  Review of Economics and Statistics, February 1998, Vol LXXX (1), pp. 119-127. (Reprinted in: Navaretti, G.B., Dasgupta, P., Maler K.G. and D. Siniscalco (eds.), Creation and Transfer of Knowledge. Berlin, Springer, 1998, pp. 87-114).


"University  versus  Corporate  Patents:  A  Window  on  the  Basicness of Invention." (with R. Henderson and A. Jaffe). Economics of Innovation and New Technology, 1997, 5 (1), pp. 19-50.


"Market Segmentation and the Sources of Rents from Innovation: Personal Computers in  the  late 1980's" (with Timothy Bresnahan and Scott Stern). Rand Journal of Economics, Special Issue in Honor of Richard Quandt, 1997, 28 (0), pp. S17-S44.


"Flows of Knowledge from Universities and Federal Laboratories: Modeling the Flow of Patent Citations over Time and across Institutional and Geographic Boundaries.” (with   Adam   Jaffe). Proceedings of the US National Academy of Sciences, November 1996, Vol. 93, 99. 12671-12677.


"General   Purpose  Technologies  -  Engines  of  Growth?"  (with  Timothy Bresnahan). Journal of Econometrics, January 1995, 65(1), pp. 83-108.


"Geographic Localization of Knowledge Spillovers as  Evidenced  by  Patent Citations” (with  A.  Jaffe  and  R.  Henderson).  Quarterly  Journal  of Economics, Vol. 108, August 1993, pp. 577-598.


"A Penny for Your Quotes: Patent Citations and the Value of  Innovations". The Rand Journal of Economics, Spring 1990, 21(1), 172-187.


"The  Welfare  Analysis  of  Product  Innovations,  with an Application to Computed Tomography Scanners". Journal of Political Economy,  April  1989, 97(2), 444-479.


"The  Diffusion  of  Innovations:  A  Methodological Reappraisal" (with S. Yitzhaki). Journal of Business  and  Economic  Statistics,  January  1989, 7(1), 35-47.


The  Use of Multivariate Regression Analysis in Contrast-Detail Studies of CT Scanners". Medical Physics 11 (4), July/August 1984, 456-64.


"Performance in Innovation in the Israeli  Electronics  Industry:  A  Case Study  in  Biomedical  Electronics  Instrumentation".  Research  Policy 5, 1976, 354-379 (with M. Teubal and N. Arnon).


III. Chapters in Books


“Uncovering General Purpose Technologies using Patent Data” (with Bronwyn Hall). In Antonelli, C., D. Foray, B. H. Hall, and W. E. Steinmueller (eds.), New Frontiers in the Economics of Innovation and New Technology. Edward Elgar, forthcoming 2005.



“Crafting Defense R&D Policy in the Anti-Terrorist Era”. in A. Jaffe, J. Lerner and S. Stern (eds.), Innovation Policy and the Economy, Vol. 4, pp. 1 – 34, National Bureau of Economic Research, MIT Press, 2004.


“Is Canada Missing the ‘Technology Boat’? Evidence from Patent Data”. In Someshwar Rao and Andrew Sharpe (eds.), Productivity Issues in Canada, University of Calgary Press, 2002, pp. 245-280.  Forthcoming also in Pierre Fortin and Craig Riddell (eds.), Growth, Employment and Technology: New Perspectives on Canadian Policies. McGill-Queen's University Press.


“R&D Policy in Israel: An Overview and Reassessment”. In Maryann P. Feldman and Albert N. Link (eds.), Innovation Policy in the Knowledge-Based Economy. Boston: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2001, pp. 409-454. A slightly different version was published also as “Government Support for Commercial R&D: Lessons from the Israeli Experience.” In A. Jaffe, J. Lerner and S. Stern (eds.), Innovation Policy and the Economy, Vol. 2, National Bureau of Economic Research, MIT Press, 2002.


“Patient Welfare and Patient Compliance: An Empirical Framework for Measuring the Benefits from Pharmaceutical Innovation” (with Paul Ellickson and Scott Stern). In Ernst R. Berndt and David M. Cutler. (eds.), Medical Care Output and Productivity. Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 2001, pp. 539-563.


"Diffusion of General Purpose Technologies” (with Elhanan Helpman). In Helpman, E. (ed.), General Purpose Technologies and Economic Growth. Cambridge: MIT Press, 1998.


"A  Time  to  Sow  and  a  Time  to  Reap: Growth Based on General Purpose Technologies" (with Elhanan Helpman). In Helpman, E. (ed.), General Purpose Technologies and Economic Growth. Cambridge: MIT Press, 1998.


"Quality-Adjusted  Prices for the American Automobile Industry: 1906-1940” (with Daniel Raff). In Bresnahan, T. and  R.  Gordon  (eds.),  New  Goods. Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 1997, pp. 71-101.


"Quality-adjusted Price Indices and the Measurement of  Economic  Growth", in  Technology  and  Productivity,  The  Challenge  for  Economic  Policy, O.E.C.D., Paris 1991, pp. 219-228.



IV. Submitted for Publication


“Empirical Implications of Physician Authority in Pharmaceutical Decisionmaking” (with Scott Stern). To the Journal of Health Economics (revise and resubmit).



V. Publications in Hebrew


“R&D, High Tech and Economic Growth.” The Economic Quarterly, 49, December 2002, pp. 628-237.


"Towards  an  Industrial  and  Technological Policy for Israel: Analytical Foundations and some Specific Proposals" (with M. Justman and  M.  Teubal, in Hebrew), The Economic Quarterly, 37, February 1987, 978-989.



VI. Working Papers


 “The NBER Patent Citations Data File: Lessons, Insights and Methodological Tools” (with Bronwyn Hall and Adam Jaffe). NBER WP No. 8498, October 2001.  


“The Meaning of Patent Citations: Report on the NBER/Case-Western Reserve Survey of Patentees” (with Adam B. Jaffe and Michael S. Fogarty). NBER WP 7631, April 2000.