Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Economic Research

Technology, Productivity, and Public Policy

November 7 - November 8, 2003

Conference on Technology, Productivity, and Public Policy

Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
Center for the Study of Innovation and Productivity

November 7–8, 2003

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Agenda

Friday, November 7
8:15 A.M. Continental breakfast
8:45 A.M. Welcoming Remarks:
ROBERT PARRY
, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
Session 1
9:00 A.M. “Tracking the New Economy: Using Growth Theory to Detect Changes in Trend Productivity” (PDF – 598KB)
Chair: JOHN C. WILLIAMS, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
Presenters: JAMES KAHN and ROBERT RICH, Federal Reserve Bank of New York
Discussants: ROBERT GORDON, Northwestern University
JAMES HAMILTON, University of California, San Diego
10:15 A.M. Break
Session 2
10:45 A.M. “Growth, Capital Shares, and a New Perspective on Production Functions” (PDF – 402KB)
Presenter: CHAD JONES, University of California, Berkeley
Discussants: SAM KORTUM, University of Minnesota
SUSANTO BASU, University of Michigan
12:00 P.M. Lunch
Session 3
1:30 P.M. “Frictionless Technology Diffusion: The Case of Tractors” (PDF – 477KB)
Chair: DAN WILSON, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
Presenters: RODOLFO MANUELLI and ANANTH SESHADRI,
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Discussants: WILLIAM WHITE, Research Triangle Institute
BART HOBIJN, Federal Reserve Bank of New York
Session 4
2:45 P.M. “The Political Economy of Intellectual Property Treaties” (PDF – 294KB)
Presenter: SUZANNE SCOTCHMER, University of California, Berkeley
Discussants: HAL VARIAN, University of California, Berkeley
JENNY LANJOUW, University of California, Berkeley
10:15 A.M. Break
Session 5
4:30 P.M. “Incentives and Invention in Universities” (PDF – 321KB)
Presenters: SAUL LACH, The Hebrew University
MARK SCHANKERMAN, London School of Economics
Discussants: JAMES ADAMS, Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute
BRONWYN HALL, University of California, Berkeley
6:00 P.M. Reception
7:00 P.M. Dinner
Keynote Speaker: MARTIN BAILY, Institute for International Economics
   
Saturday, November 8
8:30 A.M. Continental breakfast
Session 6
9:00 A.M. “Relative Prices and Relative Prosperity” (PDF – 749KB)
Presenters: CHANG-TAI HSIEH, University of California, Berkeley
PETER KLENOW, Stanford University
Discussants: FRANCESCO CASELLI, Harvard University
MARK SPIEGEL, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
10:15 A.M. Break
Session 7
10:45 A.M. “The Skill Content of Recent Technological Change: An Empirical Exploration” (PDF – 735KB)
Presenters: DAVID AUTOR, FRANK LEVY, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
and RICHARD MURNANE, Harvard University
Discussants: DAVID CARD, University of California, Berkeley
KATHRYN SHAW, Stanford University
12:00 P.M. Lunch
1:00 P.M. Adjourn