• Education Open or Close

    Ph D, Harvard University, Economics, 1990.

    MA, Harvard University, Economics, 1987.

    BSc, Queen Mary College University of London, Economics and Political Science, 1984.

  • PublicationsOpen or Close

    Journal Articles:

      Mueller, E., Cockburn, I. M., MacGarvie, M., (2013). Access to Intellectual Property for Innovation: Evidence on Problems and Coping Strategies from German Firms. Research Policy, 42(2), 529-541.

      Klies, L., Chwelos, P., Ramirez, R., Cockburn, I., (2012). Information Technology and Intangible Output: The Impact of IT Investment on Innovation Productivity. Information Systems Research, 23(1), 42-59.

      Cockburn, I., MacGarvie, M., (2011). Entry and Patenting in the Software Industry. Management Science, 57(5), 915-933.

      Berndt, E. R., Blalock, N., Cockburn, I., (2011). Diffusion of New Drugs in the Post-TRIPs Era. International Journal of the Economics of Business, 18(2), 203-224.

      Agrawal, A., Cockburn, I., Rosell, C., (2010). Not Invented Here? Innovation in Company Towns. Journal of Urban Economics, 67(1), 78-89.

      Wagner, S., Cockburn, I., (2010). Patents and the Survival of Internet-related IPOs. Research Policy, 39(2), 214-228.

      Cockburn, I., Stern, S., (2010). Finding the Endless Frontier: Lessons from the Life Sciences Innovation System for Technology Policy. Capitalism and Society, 5(1), 1-48.

      Cockburn, I., Slaughter, M., (2010). The Global Location of Biopharmaceutical Knowledge Activity: New Findings, New Questions. Innovation Policy and the Economy, 10(1), 129-157. Chicago, IL.


      Cockburn, I., Bollyky, T. J., Berndt, E. R., (2010). Bridging the gap: improving clinical development and the regulatory pathways for health products for neglected diseases. Clinical Trials, 7(6), 719-734.

      Cockburn, I., MacGarvie, M., Müller, E., (2010). Patent Thickets, Licensing and Innovative Performance. Industrial and Corporate Change, 19(3), 899-925.

      Cockburn, I., MacGarvie, M., (2009). Patents, Thickets and the Financing of Early-Stage Firms: Evidence from the Software Industry. Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, 18(3), 729-733.

      Chwelos, P., Berndt, E., Cockburn, I., (2008). Faster, Smaller, Cheaper: An Hedonic Price Analysis of PDAs. Applied Economics, 40(20), 2839-2856.

      Cockburn, I., (2007). Is the Pharmaceutical Industry in a Productivity Crisis?. Innovation Policy and the Economy,

      Grabowski, H., Cockburn, I., Long, G., (2006). The Market for Follow-on Biologics: How Will it Evolve?. Health Affairs, 25(5), 1291-1301.

      Agrawal, A., Cockburn, I., McHale, J., (2006). Gone But Not Forgotten: Labor Flows, Knowledge Spillovers, and Enduring Social Capital. Journal of Economic Geography, 6(5), 571-591.

      Cockburn, I., Henderson, R., Stern, S., (2000). Untangling the Origins of Competitive Advantage. Strategic Management Journal, 21(10-11), 1123-1145.

      Henderson, R., Cockburn, I., (1996). Scale, Scope, and Spillovers: Determinants of Research Productivity in the Pharmaceutical Industry. RAND Journal of Economics, 27(1), 32-59.

      Henderson, R., Cockburn, I., (1994). Measuring Competence: Exploring Firm Effects in Pharmaceutical Research. Strategic Management Journal,

      Agrawal, A., Cockburn, I. M., Zhang, L., (Accepted). Deals Not Done: Sources of Failure in the Market for Ideas. Strategic Management Journal,

      Agrawal, A., Cockburn, I. M., Galasso, A., Oettl, A., (Accepted). Why are Some Regions More Innovative than Others?. Journal of Urban Economics,

    Book Chapters:

      Cockburn, I., (2006). Blurred Boundaries: Tensions Between Open Scientific Resources and Commercial Exploitation of Knowledge in Biomedical Research, Chapter in B. Kahin and D. Foray (eds.) "Advancing Knowledge and the Knowledge Economy", Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, pp 351-369.


      Cockburn, I., (2005). State Street Meets the Human Genome Project: Intellectual Property and Bioinformatics. Chapter in R. Hahn (ed.) Intellectual Property Rights in Frontier Industries: Biotechnology and Software, Washington, DC: AEI-Brookings Press.


      Cockburn, I., Kortum, S., Stern, S., (2003). Are All Patent Examiners Equal? Examiners, Patent Characteristics and Litigation Outcomes. Chapter in W. Cohen and S. Merrill (eds.) Patents in the Knowledge-based Economy, Washington, DC: National Academies Press.


    Working Papers:

      Aiken, M., Berndt, E., Bosworth, B., Cockburn, I. M., Frank, R., Kleinrock, M., Shapiro, B., (2013). The Regulation of Prescription Drug Competition and Market Responses: Patterns in Prices and Sales Following Loss of Exclusivity. : NBER Working Paper No. 18487.


      Berndt, E., Cockburn, I. M., (2013). Price Indexes for Clinical Trial Research: A Feasibility Study. : NBER Working Paper No. 18918.


  • Research PresentationsOpen or Close

    Invited Lectures:

      Agrawal, A., (Author Only), Cockburn, I. M., (Presenter & Author), Zhang, L., (Author Only), Conference on Patent Use, Deals not done: Sources of failure in the market for ideas, UK Intellectual Property Office, London. (September 9, 2013).

      Cockburn, I. M., (Presenter & Author), Schankerman, M., (Author Only), TIES Seminar, Global Diffusion of New Drugs, MIT Sloan School, Cambridge MA. (October 28, 2013).

      Berndt, E., (Author Only), Cockburn, I. M., (Presenter & Author), Price Indexes for Clinical Trial Research, Bureau of Economic Analysis, US Dept. of Commerce, Washington, DC. (May 9, 2013).

  • Academic, Military and Professional PositionsOpen or Close

    Visiting Scholar, MIT Sloan School of Management. (September 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014).

    Visiting Scholar, Harvard University, Department of Economics. (July 1996 - June 1997).

    Member, Conference on Research in Income and Wealth. (July 1, 2011 - Present).

    Richard C. Shipley Professor in Management, Boston University School of Management. (July 2011 - Present).

    Professor of Strategy and Innovation, Boston University School of Management. (July 1, 2010 - Present).

    Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research. (July 26, 1997 - Present).

    Professor of Finance and Economics, Boston University School of Management. (September 1999 - September 2010).

    VanDusen Professor of Business Administration, Faculty of Commerce, University of British Columbia. (July 1998 - July 2000).