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Department of Economics
Stanford University
Stanford CA, 94305-6072, U.S.A.

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First Name
Paul A
Last Name
(i) Professor of Economics (Emeritus); (ii) Professeur Titulaire
(i) Stanford University (ii) Chaire Innovation et Regulation, Ecole Polytechnique & Telecom ParisTech, Paris
Short Biography

Paul A. David is Senior Fellow of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research and Professor of Economics (Emeritus) at Stanford University, where he teaches in the Economics Department and Public Policy Program. Born in New York City, David was educated at the High School of Music and Art, and at Harvard College where he was awarded the A.B. summa cum laude in 1956. He pursued graduate studies in economics and economic history at the University of Cambridge as a Fulbright Scholar, and as a Salant Fellow at Harvard University, prior to joining the Stanford Faculty in 1961. Throughout 1993-2008 he held joint appointments at the University of Oxford, where he is now Emeritus Fellow of All Souls College. David continues to spend half of his work-year in Europe, where he is Professeur Titulaire of the Chaire Innovation et Regulation des Services Numerique--affiliated with Ecole Polytechnique and Telecom ParisTech, and also is Professorial Fellow of The United Nations University-MERIT, in Maastricht. David is an elected Fellow of the International Econometric Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society and the British Academy. He has been President of the Economic History Association and currently is President-Elect of the Western Economics Association International.

Research Interests

The range of David’s present research interests is reflected in his recent publications, which include: ”Path Dependence – A Foundational Concept for Historical Social Science,” Forthcoming in Cliometrica, 1(2) Spring-Summer 2007; “Community-Based Production of Open Source Software: What do we know about the developers who participate?” (with J. S. Shapiro), Information Economics and Policy, v.20 (Sept.-October), 2008; “The Origins of ‘Open Science’: An Essay on Patronage, Reputation, and Common Agency Contracting in the Scientific Revolution,” in Capitalism and Society, 3(2), Fall 2008; “Designing Institutional Infrastructures for e-Science” (with Michael Spence), Ch. 5 in Legal and Policy Framework for e-Research, Brian Fitzgerald, ed., Sydney, Australia: University of Sydney Press, 2009; “Science, Technology and Innovation for Economic Growth: Linking Policy Research and Practice” (with P. Aghion and D.Foray), Research Policy, 38(4), May 2009:pp. 681-693; “Collaborative Research in e-Science and Open Access to Information,” (with M. den Besten and R. Schroeder), forthcoming in The International Handbook of eResearch, J. Hunsinger, M. Allen and L. Klastrup, eds. New York and Berlin: Springer Verlag, 2010.


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