Roger Gordon has been a professor of economics at UCSD since 2000. Before then, he taught at the University of Michigan and Princeton University, and he was a member of the technical staff at Bell Laboratories. He is a past editor of the Journal of Economic Literature, the Journal of Public Economics and the American Economic Review; a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research; and a fellow of the Econometric Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He received his doctorate in economics from MIT and a Dr. oec. h.c. from the University of St. Gallen.
Robert Fairlie is the Professor and Chair of Economics at the University of California, Santa Cruz and a Research Associate in the NBER. His research interests include entrepreneurship, education, information technology, inequality, labor economics, and immigration. He has published in many top journals in economics (e.g. AER, AEJ: Applied, AEJ: Policy, EJ, RESTAT, JOLE, JPubE, JHR, JHE) and other related fields (e.g. JAMA: Surgery, Management Science, JPAM, Demography), book chapters, two academic books, and numerous government and foundation reports. His recent book on entrepreneurship, race and economic opportunity published with MIT Press won a Choice Outstanding Academic Title Award. He received a Ph.D. and M.A. from Northwestern University and B.A. with honors from Stanford University. He has held visiting positions at Yale University, UC Berkeley, Australian National University, and the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA). He has received funding for his research from numerous government agencies and foundations, and has testified to the U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Department of Treasury, and the California State Assembly regarding the findings from his research.
Since 2013, Dietmar Harhoff has been director at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, and honorary professor for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich (LMU). From 1998 to 2013, he was LMU’s director of the Institute for Innovation Research, Technology Management and Entrepreneurship (INNO-tec). After graduating with a degree in mechanical engineering, Harhoff began his professional career as a research engineer in Great Britain and Germany. From 1985 to 1987, he was a McCloy Scholar at Harvard University (MPA 1987). In his MIT doctoral thesis (Ph.D. 1991), he analyzed research incentives and voluntary information disclosure. Harhoff’s research focuses on issues in innovation and entrepreneurship, intellectual property and industrial economics. He is chairman of the Commission of Experts for Research and Innovation (EFI) of the German Federal Government. Since 2007. He is an elected member of the German Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech), the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and the Bavarian Academy of Sciences.
Hal R. Varian is the chief economist at Google. He started in May 2002 as a consultant, and he has been involved in many aspects of the company, including auction design, econometric analysis, finance, corporate strategy and public policy. He also is an emeritus professor at the University of California, Berkeley in three departments: business, economics and information management. He received his bachelor’s degree from MIT in 1969 and his masters in mathematics and doctorate in economics from UC Berkeley in 1973. He has taught at MIT, Stanford, Oxford, Michigan and other universities around the world. Varian is a fellow of the Guggenheim Foundation, the Econometric Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was co-editor of the American Economic Review from 1987-1990 and holds honorary doctorates from the University of Oulu, Finland and the University of Karlsruhe, Germany. Varian has published numerous papers in economic theory, industrial organization, financial economics, econometrics and information economics. He is the author of two major economics textbooks that have been translated into 22 languages. He is the co-author of a best-selling book on business strategy, Information Rules: A Strategic Guide to the Network Economy and wrote a monthly column for the New York Times from 2000 to 2007.
The success of the IIPF 2016 Congress would not be possible without the following sponsors:
The Department of Economics at the University of Nevada, Reno
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
The Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance
Ozmen Foundation on behalf of Sierra Nevada Corporation
Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University
German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ)
The Murphy Institute, Tulane University
Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research, The University of Tennessee Knoxville
Michigan State University
Ozmen Center for Entrepreneurship, University of Nevada, Reno
Chair of the Local Organizing Committee
Mehmet S. Tosun (University of Nevada, Reno, USA)
Local Organizing Committee
Frank Fossen, Sonja Pippin, Robert A. Miller, Theresa Moser (University of Nevada, Reno, USA)
Extended Studies Program staff (University of Nevada, Reno, USA)
Chairs of the Scientific Committee
Katherine Cuff (McMaster University, Canada)
Alfons Weichenrieder (Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany)