Paul A. David


Professorial fellow

Research group(s):
4. Governance and institutions

Paul David is Professor (Emeritus), Senior Fellow of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research. He holds Ph.D. from Harvard University. His research Interests include the economics of technological, demographic, and institutional change, and other areas of theoretical and empirical research on the nature of path-dependence in economic processes; economic history, with special reference to long-term productivity growth and development in the US and the North Atlantic economies since 1790.




Selected publications by Paul A. David


Articles (journal, professional, popular)
Aghion, P., Paul A. David & Dominique Foray, 2009, Science, technology and innovation for economic growth: Linking policy research and practice in 'STIG Systems', Research Policy, 38(4)
David, Paul A., 2008, The Historical Origins of 'Open Science': An Essay on Patronage, Reputation and Common Agency Contracting in the Scientific Revolution, Capitalism and Society, 3(2)
David, Paul A. & Bronwyn Hall, 2006, Property and the pursuit of knowledge: IPR issues affecting scientific research, Research Policy, 35(6): 767-771
David, Paul A. & Ed Steinmueller, 1996, Standards, trade and competition in the emerging global information infrastructure environment, Telecommunications Policy, 20(10): 817-830
David, Paul A. & M. Shurmer, 1996, Formal standards-setting for global telecommunication and information services, Telecommunications Policy, Fall
David, Paul A. & G.S. Rothwell, 1996, Standardization, diversity, and learning: Strategies for the coevolution of technology and industrial capacity, International Journal of Industrial Organization, Fall
David, Paul A., R. Maude-Griffin & G.S. Rothwell, 1996, Learning by accident? Reductions in the risk of unplanned outages in U.S. nuclear power plants after Three Mile Island, Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, 12
David, Paul A., Dominique Foray & Jean-Michel Dalle, 1996, Marshallian externalities and the emergence and spatial stability of technological enclaves, Economics of Innovation and New Technologies
David, Paul A., 1996, Measuring standardization: An application to the American and French nuclear power industries, European Journal of Political Economy, 12: 291-308
David, Paul A. & Dominique Foray, 1995, Dépendence du sentier et économie de l'innovation: Un rapide tour d'horizon, Revue d'Economie Industrielle
David, Paul A. & Ed Steinmueller, 1994, Economics of compatibility standards and competition in telecommunication networks, Information Economics and Policy, 6: 217-241
David, Paul A., 1994, Toward a new economics of science, Research Policy, 23: 487-521
David, Paul A., 1994, Why are institutions the 'carriers of history'? Notes on path-dependence and the evolution of conventions, organizations and institutions, Structural Change and Economic Dynamics(Fall/Winter)


Book chapters
David, Paul A., 2011, Path dependence: A foundational concept for historical social science , in: Zumbansen, P, G. Carliess (eds), Law, Economics and Evolutionary Theory, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK, More information
David, Paul A., G. Cardoso, J. Caraça, R. Espanha, S. Mendonça, M. den Besten & R. Schroeder, 2010, Will e-science be open science?: The politics of open access , in: William H. Dutton and Paul W. Jeffreys (eds), World Wide Research: Reshaping the Sciences and Humanities, MIT Press, Cambridge, More information
David, Paul A., J. Wilbanks, H. Abelson, M. den Besten & R. Schroeder, 2010, Will e-science be open science?: Open access versus "open viewing" for a web of science: The neurocommons example , in: William H. Dutton and Paul W. Jeffreys (eds), World Wide Research: Reshaping the Sciences and Humanities, MIT Press, Cambridge, More information
David, Paul A., M. den Besten & R. Schroeder, 2010, Will e-science be open science? , in: William H. Dutton and Paul W. Jeffreys (eds), World Wide Research: Reshaping the Sciences and Humanities, MIT Press, Cambridge, More information
David, Paul A., J. Pila & M. Spence, 2010, Institutional infrastructures for global research networks in the public sector: The value of authorship in the digital environment: Producing and protecting scientific information , in: William H. Dutton and Paul W. Jeffreys (eds), World Wide Research: Reshaping the Sciences and Humanities, MIT Press, Cambridge, More information
David, Paul A., T. Piper, D. Vaver & M. Spence, 2010, Institutional infrastructures for global research networks in the public sector: Ownership of medical images in e-science collaborations: Learning from the diagnostic mammography national database , in: William H. Dutton and Paul W. Jeffreys (eds), World Wide Research: Reshaping the Sciences and Humanities, MIT Press, Cambridge, More information
David, Paul A. & M. Spence, 2010, Institutional infrastructures for global research networks in the public sector , in: William H. Dutton and Paul W. Jeffreys (eds), World Wide Research: Reshaping the Sciences and Humanities, MIT Press, Cambridge, More information
David, Paul A. & J.S. Metcalfe, 2010, 'Only connect': Academic-business research collaborations and the formation of ecologies of innovation , in: Viale, R., Etzkowic, H. (eds), The Capitalization of Knowledge: A Triple Helix of University-Industry-Government, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK, More information
David, Paul A., 2009, Economic policy analysis and the internet: Coming to terms with a telecommunications anomaly , in: Chrisanthi Avgerou, Robin Mansell, Danny Quah, and Roger Silverstone (eds), The Oxford Handbook of Information and Communication Technologies, Oxford University Press, Oxford, DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199548798.003.0006, More information
David, Paul A., P. Aghion & Dominique Foray, 2009, Can we link policy practice with research on "STIG systems"? Toward connecting the analysis of science, technology and innovation policy with realistic programs for economic development and growth1 , in: Foray, D. (ed), The New Economics of Technology Policy, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK, More information
David, Paul A. & Warren C. Sanderson, 1996, Making use of treacherous advice: A tale of cognitive learning, Bayesian adaptation and the tenacity of unreliable knowledge, in: J.V. Nye and J. Drobak (eds.), Frontiers of the New Institutional Economics, Academic Press, San Diego, CA
David, Paul A. & Dominique Foray, 1996, Information distribution and the growth of economically valuable knowledge: A rationale for technological infrastructure policies, in: M. Teubal et al. (eds.), Technological Infrastructure Policy, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht and London
David, Paul A. & Moses Abramovitz, 1996, Convergence and deferred catch-up: Productivity leadership and the waning of American exceptionalism, in: R. Landau, T. Taylor and G. Wright (eds.), The Mosaic of Economic Growth, Stanford University Press, Stanford, CA
David, Paul A., 1996, Technological change and the rise of intangible investments: The US economy's growth-path in the twentieth century, in: D. Foray and B.-A. Lundvall (eds.), Employment and Growth in the Knowledge-Based Economy, Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham
David, Paul A., 1995, Standardization policies for network technologies: The flux between freedom and order revisited, in: R. Hawkins, R. Mansell and J. Skea (eds.), The Political Economy of Standards in Natural and Technological Environments, Edward Elgar Pubishing, Cheltenham
David, Paul A. & Dominique Foray, 1994, Dynamics of competitive technology diffusion through local network structures: The case of EDI document standards, in: L. Leydesdorff (ed), New Developments in Technology Studies, Elsevier Science Publishers, Amsterdam
David, Paul A., 1994, The reaper and the robot: Labour-saving machinery in the past and future, in: F.M.L. Thompson (ed.), Landowners, Capitalists and Entrepreneurs: Essays for Sir John Habakkuk, Oxford University Press, Oxford
David, Paul A., 1994, The evolution of intellectual property institutions, in: A. Aganbegyan, O. Bogomolov and M. Kaser (eds.), System Transformation: Eastern and Western Assessments, MacMillan, London
David, Paul A., 1994, Les standards des technologies de l'information, les normes de communication et l'état: un problème de biens publics, in: A. Orleans (ed.), L'Analyse Economique des Conventions, Presses Universitaires, Paris
David, Paul A., 1994, Positive feedbacks and research productivity in science: Reopening another black box, in: O. Granstrand (ed.), Economics and Technology, Elsevier Science Publishers, Amsterdam
David, Paul A., 1993, Percolation structures, Markov random fields and the economics of EDI standards diffusion, in: G. Pogorel (ed.), Global Telecommunication Strategies and Technological Change, Elsevier Science Publishers, Amsterdam
David, Paul A., 1993, Intellectual property institutions and the panda's thumb: patents, copyrights, and trade secrets in economic theory and history, in: M. Wallerstein, M. Mogee and R. Schoen (eds.), Global Dimensions of Intellectual Property Protection in Science and Technology, National Academy Press, Washington, D.C
David, Paul A., 1993, Les standards des technologies de l'information, les normes de communication et l'état: un problème des biens publics, in: A. Orleans (ed.), L'analyse économique des conventions, Presses Universitaires, Paris


Books (monograph or edited volume)
David, Paul A. & Ed Steinmueller, 1998, University Goals, Institutional Mechanisms, and the Industrial Transferability of Research, Stanford University Press, Center for Economic Pol, More information
David, Paul A. & Ed Steinmueller, 1998, A Productive Tension: University-Industry Research Collaborations in the Era of Knowledge-Based Economic Development, Stanford University Press, Stanford, More information
David, Paul A., 1996, Technical Choice, Innovation and Economic Growth: Essays on American and British Experience in the Nineteenth Century, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge and New York, More information


UNU-MERIT Working Papers
David, Paul A., 2014, The Republic of Open Science: The institution’s historical origins and prospects for continued vitality, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2014-082
Zon, Adriaan van & Paul A. David, 2013, Designing an optimal 'tech fix' path to global climate stability: Directed R&D and embodied technical change in a multi-phase framework, This paper is an extensively revised version of UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2013-009. The latter paper has been cited in other work and therefore continues to be accessible, although superceded by the present version, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2013-041
Zon, Adriaan van & Paul A. David, 2013, Designing an optimal 'tech fix' path to global climate stability: R&D in a multi-phase climate policy framework, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2013-009
Zon, Adriaan van & Paul A. David, 2012, Optimal multi-phase transition paths toward a global green economy, This working papers has been revised and republished as WP2013-009, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2012-079
David, Paul A. & Adriaan van Zon, 2012, Optimal multi-phase transition paths toward a stabilized global climate: Integrated dynamic requirements analysis for the 'tech fix', UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2012-075
David, Paul A., 2011, Mitigating 'anticommons' harms to research in science and technology, Publication forthcoming in The WIPO Journal: Analysis and Debate of Intellectual Property Issues, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2011-001
David, Paul A., 2009, Preparing for the Next, Very Long Crisis: Towards a ‘Cool’ Science and Technology Policy Agenda For a Globally Warming Economy, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2009-031


External working papers
David, Paul A. & Rishab Aiyer Ghosh, 2003, Free and Open Source Software Developers and “the Economy of Regard: A Quantitative Analysis of Code-Signing Patterns within the Linux Kernel, Stanford Institute of Economic Policy Research working paper
Ghosh, Rishab Aiyer & Paul A. David, 2003, The nature and composition of the Linux kernel developer community: a dynamic analysis, Stanford Institute of Economic Policy Research working paper


Research memoranda
David, Paul A. & Dominique Foray, 2001, An Introduction to the Economy of the Knowledge Society, MERIT Research Memoranda 2001-041
David, Paul A., 2001, Digital Technologies, Research Collaborations and the Extension of Protection for Intellectual Property in Science: Will Building 'Good Fences' Really Make 'Good Neighbors'?, MERIT Research Memoranda 2001-004
David, Paul A., 2001, Tragedy of the Public Knowledge 'Commons'? Global Science, Intellectual Property and the Digital Technology Boomerang, MERIT Research Memoranda 2001-003
Cowan, Robin, Paul A. David & Dominique Foray, 1999, The Explicit Economics of Knowledge Codification and Tacitness, MERIT Research Memoranda 1999-027
David, Paul A., Dominique Foray & Jean-Michel Dalle, 1996, Marshallian Externalities and the Emergence and Spatial Stability of Technological Enclaves, MERIT Research Memoranda 1996-018
David, Paul A. & Warren C. Sanderson, 1996, Making use of treacherous advice Cognitive Learning, Bayesian Adaptation and the Tenacity of Unreliable Knowledge, MERIT Research Memoranda 1996-004
David, Paul A., 1996, Science Reorganized? Post-Modern Visions of Research and the Curse of Success , MERIT Research Memoranda 1996-002
David, Paul A. & Gavin Wright, 1995, The Origins of American Resource Abundance, MERIT Research Memoranda 1995-026
David, Paul A., Aldo Geuna & Ed Steinmueller, 1995, Additionality as a principle of European R&D funding, MERIT Research Memoranda 1995-012
David, Paul A. & Hunter K. Monroe, 1994, Standards Development Strategies Under Incomplete Information. Isn't the 'Battle of the Sexes' Really a Relevant Game?, MERIT Research Memoranda 1994-039
Abramovitz, Moses & Paul A. David, 1994, See 1994-027, MERIT Research Memoranda 1994-038
Abramovitz, Moses & Paul A. David, 1994, Convergence and deferred catch-up. Productivity leadership and the waning of American exceptionalism, MERIT Research Memoranda 1994-027
David, Paul A., 1994, Standardization policies for network technologies: The flux between freedom and order revisited, MERIT Research Memoranda 1994-022
David, Paul A. & P. Dasgupta, 1994, Toward a new Economics of Science, MERIT Research Memoranda 1994-003
David, Paul A., 1993, On Svante Lindqvist's changing Technological Landscape, MERIT Research Memoranda 1993-018
David, Paul A., 1993, Positive Feedbacks and Research Productivity in Science: Reopening Another Black Box, MERIT Research Memoranda 1993-017
David, Paul A., 1993, The Evolution of Intellectual Property Institutions, MERIT Research Memoranda 1993-009
David, Paul A. & G.S. Rothwell, 1993, Standardization, Diversity, and Learning: A Model for the Nuclear Power Industry, MERIT Research Memoranda 1993-005


Research reports
David, Paul A., Can Huang, Luc Soete & Adriaan van Zon, 2009, Toward a Global Science and Technology Policy Agenda for Sustainable Development, United Nations University Policy Brief, No. 4, 2009


Proceedings
David, Paul A., 1996, Rethinking technology transfers: Incentives, institutions and knowledge-based industrial development, in: C.H. Feinstein (ed.), Technology Transfer in China and the West, proceedings of the British Academy - Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Workshop, Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd, Cheltenham
David, Paul A., 1993, Knowledge, property and system dynamics of technological change, in: L. Summers and S. Shah (eds.), Proceedings of the World Bank Annual Conference on Development Economics, 1992, World Bank, Washington D.C


Briefs
David, Paul A., Can Huang, Luc Soete & Adriaan van Zon, 2009, Toward a Global Science and Technology Policy Agenda for Sustainable Development, UNU Policy Brief No. 4, More information


Other (editorship, media appearance, keynote, etc.)
David, Paul A. & Dominique Foray, 1995, Accessing and expanding the science and technology knowledge base, STI Outlook, OECD, Paris, STI Review 16


UNU-MERIT