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Xavier Jaravel

Xavier Jaravel

Postdoctoral fellow
Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR)
B.A., Economics and Political Science, Sciences-Po Paris, 2011

About

Xavier Jaravel is an applied microeconomist working on topics of relevance for macroeconomics, with a particular interest in innovation policy.
 
His recent research examines the social and economic processes that generate innovation and distribute its rewards in society, in the context of the United States over the past twenty years. In particular, he has shown that (1) product innovations in the retail sector have disproportionately benefited high-income households due to increasing inequality and the endogenous response of supply to changes in market size; (2) most inventors come from high-income families and policies targeted at drawing talented individuals from low-income backgrounds into R&D could be very effective at increasing innovation; (3) teamwork is critical in the typical inventor's career, with large spillover effects from peers across the skill distribution; and (4) patent trolls tend to strategically purchase and assert low-quality patents, which could be screened out during the patent prosecution process at the United States Patent Office.
Research Areas: 
Technology Policy
Labor Economics
Public Finance
Macroeconomics