Richard R. Nelson
|Richard R. Nelson|
New York, New York, U.S.
Richard R. Nelson (born 1930 in New York City) is an American professor of economics at Columbia University. He is one of the leading figures in the revival of evolutionary economics thanks to his seminal book An Evolutionary Theory of Economic Change (1982) written jointly with Sidney G. Winter. He is also renowned for his work on industry, economic growth, the theory of the firm, and technical change.
Nelson is currently the George Blumenthal Professor Emeritus of International and Public Affairs, Business, and Law, and the director of the Program on Science, Technology and Global Development at Columbia's The Earth Institute. He is also a part-time faculty in the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIoIR, formerly known as PREST), University of Manchester. Previously he was professor at Oberlin College, Carnegie Mellon University, and Yale University (1968–1986) where he was the director of the Institute for Social and Policy Studies (1981–1986).
- (co-editor with Jan Fagerberg and David Mowery) The Oxford Handbook of Innovation (2005) ISBN 0-19-928680-9
- (editor), National Innovation Systems: A Comparative Analysis (1993)
- Understanding Technical Change as an Evolutionary Process (1987) ISBN 0-674-01916-4
- (co-author with Sidney G. Winter), An Evolutionary Theory of Economic Change (1982) ISBN 0-674-27228-5
- The Moon and the Ghetto (1977) ISBN 978-0-393-09173-1