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Knowledge Networks and Institutions for Innovation Program (KNIIP)

The Knowledge Networks and Institutions for Innovation Program (KNIIP) studies how society produces, uses and distributes scientific and technological knowledge. KNIIP researchers examine how public and private policies, including contract and intellectual property law, shape the way information is shared. The program also explores how scientific and technological innovations become commercial products. KNIIP takes a special interest in alternative modes of spreading information through open communities and virtual networks built around common-use rights. Program scholars investigate how institutional arrangements and legal practices encourage or impede these rapidly expanding forms of collaboration. KNIIP’s Stanford Project on the Economics of Open Source Software explores the economics of these models to assess whether they are viable over the long term. Program researches are also studying the design principles for a global climate stabilization policy, focusing on the economically efficient use of technology. 

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  • Senior Fellow Emeritus @ Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR)
  • Professor of Economics, and (by courtesy) Professor of History, Emeritus @ Department of Economics