Richard Nelson

Columbia University

Richard Nelson is George Blumenthal Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University (NY). He has served as staff economist on the Council of Economic Advisors, and at the RAND Corporation. From the beginnings of his career one of his central research interests has been in understanding differences in the pattern of economic growth over time and across countries, and how these differences have been moulded by and mould economic and political institutions. Another principal interest has been the complex intertwining of government, for-profit institutions and not-for-profit institutions, which one sees in many important sectors of modern economies. His work has been both empirical and theoretical. His best known book which has had wide ramifications in the field of Economics is An Evolutionary Theory of Economic Change, (1982), co-authored with Sidney Winter. His book National Innovative Systems: A Comparative Analysis has also had very broad policy influence.

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