Adam B. Jaffe
Research Professor, Brandeis University
Adjunct Professor, Queensland University of Technology
Adam B. Jaffe is Research Professor at Brandeis University and Adjunct Professor at Queensland University of Technology. From 2013-17 he was Director and Senior Fellow of Motu Economic and Policy Research in Wellington New Zealand. He came to Motu from Brandeis University, where he was the Fred C. Hecht Professor in Economics, Chair of Economics and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Jaffe's research focuses on the economics of research and innovation, particularly the relationship between public research and commercial innovation, the measurement of the impacts of research, and the role of the patent system.
Jaffe is the author of two books—Patents, Citations and Innovations: A Window on the Knowledge Economy (with Manuel Trajtenberg, 2002); and Innovation and Its Discontents: How Our Broken Patent System is Endangering Innovation and Progress and What to Do About It (with Josh Lerner, 2004). He is also the editor (with Ben Jones, 2015) of The Changing Frontier: Rethinking Science and Innovation Policy. According to Google Scholar, Jaffe's publications have been cited over 50,000 times.
In addition to his scholarly activities, Jaffe is active in public policy formulation and debate. In 2015-17, he served as Co-Chair of the OECD Global Science Forum Experts’ Group on “Effective Operation of Competitive Research Funding Systems”. He has served on numerous panels and committees for the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health and the National Academy of Sciences. In New Zealand he served on the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment Science Board.