This thesis focuses on the United States’ “National Innovation System” (NIS) and the role of private and public actors in this system. It is part of a broader literature seeking to identify the key catalysts of innovative activity, and hence economic growth. Although there are many elements that constitute the NIS, this study emphasizes one private institution, the venture capital industry, and one public institution, the Small Business Innovation Research program. The study uses state-level panel data aggregated over a fourteen-year period (2002-2015) and is operationalized by implementing an Ordinary Least Squares fixed-effects model that uses utility patent applications—a proxy for innovation—as the dependent variable. This thesis argues that public-private partnerships and symbiosis between the two sectors is critical to empowering technological innovation and sustainable long-run economic growth.
Jaron Lanier - scientist, author, musician, and artist - visits campus to ruminate on "media technology as a grand exploration of unimagined human potential." Combining elements of cognition, Microsoft's XBOX, chemistry, and musical improvisation, among other things, Lanier takes us on a journey into the possibilities, pitfalls, and potential of New Media. This event was sponsored by Colorado College Department of Drama and Dance, Mellon Fund, Colorado College Cultural Attractions Fund, Colorado College Dean of Students Office, Colorado College President's Office, and NEH Professorship. This lecture celebrating the Cornerstone Arts Week Initiative was presented at Colorado College, Richard F. Celeste Theatre, February 8, 2012.
Stagnant wages, lack of opportunities and constant decay of certain region in the last decades brought a huge wave of political backlash that pushes policymakers to deliver growth solutions to those who feel left behind. At such times, the research of regional economics becomes ever more important. Most studies provide insights into mathematical patterns of scaling of physicality, the concentration of specific industries or the trends in particular regions. Few studies test multiple different variables altogether and very few look at the transferability of the findings to other regions and to other time periods. This thesis explores the relevance of historical and recent predictors and tries to provide a comprehensive analysis on recent trends in the growth of U.S. productivity to fill the critical gap of recent developments while controlling for some historical characteristics.