Dr. Mary Kaltenberg

Affiliated Researcher

Research group(s):
1. Economics of Knowledge and Innovation
3. Economic Complexity and Innovation
8. Population, Development and Labour Economics

My research is at the intersection of labor and innovation aimed at understanding the way we work - how innovation impacts pay, and the role that teamwork plays in the invention process.

I'm primarily interested in the rise of social, creative and stem skills and its impact on wages, and invention. In my previous work, I researched three topics: i. the impact of automation on inequality across Europe, ii. the role of teamwork (it's impact on patenting throughout the life course), and iii. the importance of social & communication skills in knowledge diverse industries. My job market paper is on the latter topic.

I am currently a post-doctoral fellow at Brandeis University with Adam Jaffe and Margie Lachman working on the inventor creative life cycle with patent data. In Fall 2020, I will start as an Assitant Professor at Pace Unviersity in New York City. I was a PhD Fellow at UNU-MERIT, Maastricht, The Netherlands. My doctoral advisors were Bart Verspagen at UNU-MERIT, Neil Foster-McGregor at UNU-MERIT and Cesar Hidalgo at the Collective Learning group at the MIT Media Lab. In 2016, I was a visiting student and research assistant at the MIT Media Lab.

Previously, I worked at UNICEF on resource mobilization and research on accessibility to health care. I received my masters and bachelors degree in economics from The New School for Social Research in New York City.




Selected publications by Mary Kaltenberg


UNU-MERIT