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Call for Applications: NBER Innovation Research Boot Camp 2023

The NBER, with generous support from Open Philanthropy, will host the second Innovation Research Boot Camp (IRBC) in Cambridge, MA in July 2023. The broad goal of this initiative is to encourage young scholars to carry out research on the economics of innovation and innovation policy. This weeklong program will expose participants to the exciting questions in the field through both coursework and engagement with the innovation research community.

The economics of innovation touches all fields of economics. Innovation is a key force in economic growth, firm dynamics, inequality, and labor market outcomes.  It interfaces with public finance, international trade, the economics of organizations, and urban economics. At the same time, the economics of innovation is rarely taught as a separate field course within economics departments, making it difficult for students to engage the foundational ideas, institutions, empirical evidence, and frontier questions in this critical sphere. This Ph.D. boot camp will provide
an on-ramp for scholars who want to do research in the economics of innovation or on issues in other sub-fields of economics that touch on innovation.

When and Where: The boot camp will convene in Cambridge, MA, on Friday, July 14, 2023, and conclude on Thursday, July 20, 2023. There will be no activities on Sunday, July 16, and participants will spend Tuesday-Wednesday, July 18-19, attending the NBER Summer Institute Innovation Policy meeting.

Applications are due February 2. You can find more information and details on how to apply here: