Bronwyn H. Hall is Professor of Economics of Technology and Innovation at the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration of Maastricht University and Professorial Fellow at the UNU Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT). She was Professor of Economics at the University of California at Berkeley from 1987 to 2005 and is now Professor in the Graduate School there. She is also a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and the Institute for Fiscal Studies, London. She holds a B.A. in physics from Wellesley College and a Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University. She has been a Visiting Professor at a Nuffield College, Oxford University, the Scuola Superiore Sant’anna, Pisa, the European University Institute, Florence, Judge School of Management, Cambridge University, LMU-Muenchen, KU Leuven, and the New Economic School, Moscow.
Professor Hall has published articles on the economics and econometrics of technical change in journals such as Econometrica, the American Economic Review, the Rand Journal of Economics, and Research Policy. Her current research includes comparative analysis of the U.S. and European patent systems, the use of patent citation data for the valuation of intangible (knowledge) assets, comparative firm-level investment and innovation studies (the G-7 economies), measuring the returns to R&D and innovation at the firm level, analysis of technology policies such as R&D subsidies and tax incentives, and of recent changes in patenting behavior in the semiconductor and computer industries. She has also made substantial contributions to applied economic research via the creation of software for econometric estimation and of firm-level datasets for the study of innovation, including the widely used NBER dataset for U.S. patents. She is the founder and partner of TSP International, an econometric software firm.