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 an Assistant Professor at Pace University. From 2020-2018 I was 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 Working Papers
Kaltenberg, Mary & Neil Foster-McGregor, 2020, The impact of automation on inequality across Europe, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2020-009
Jun, Bogang, Mary Kaltenberg & Won-Sik Hwang, 2017, How inequality hurts growth: Revisiting the Galor-Zeira model through a Korean case, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2017-034
Verspagen, Bart & Mary Kaltenberg, 2015, Catching-up in a globalised context: Technological change as a driver of growth, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2015-049

Kaltenberg, Mary, 2020, From Micro to Macro: Essays on Technological Change and Income Divergence, PhD dissertation Maastricht University / United Nations University