Gaétan de Rassenfosse
Gaétan is Assistant Professor Tenure Track in Science & Technology Policy at EPFL. He joined the Institute of Technology and Public Policy at the College of Management of Technology in late 2014. Prior to that, he was a research fellow then a senior research fellow at the University of Melbourne (Australia) from 2010 to 2014. He was affiliated with the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research at the Faculty of Business and Economics. Gaétan obtained a PhD in Economics from the Université libre de Bruxelles (Belgium), Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management in 2010.
The overarching objective of Gaétan's research is to provide the policy environment that best addresses the needs of the knowledge economy. This objective is met by providing sound empirical evidence on research questions related, e.g., to the patent system, to the measurement of intangible capital, and to the benchmarking of higher education systems to name but a few topics of interest. His work appeared in international peer-reviewed scientific journals such as Research Policy and Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics. Gaétan is an experienced speaker, with 60+ conferences and seminars in 20+ countries on four continents under his belt.
The two-way knowledge transfer that results from engagement activities is a powerful way of shaping public policies. Gaétan is thus keen to engage with international organizations, government agencies and private companies. He was in charge of a report on the 'Patent Box' regime as part of Australia's Prime Minister election promise to explore this policy tool. He has also done contract research for agencies such as the Australian Department of Industry, the Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance, and the Australian patent office.
Fields of expertise
- Applied econometrics
- Industrial economics
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Teaching & PhD
- Management of Technology,
- Doctoral Program in Technology Management
This class provides an introduction to the economics of innovation and intellectual property (IP). The first part explains intuitively key economic concepts related to innovation and innovation policy. The second part introduces elements of IP strategy th...
The course provides an introduction to econometrics. The objective is to learn how to make valid inference from economic data. It explains the main estimation methods and present methodologies to deal with endogeneity issues.
The class will provide information about what STI support tools exist and why, will explain the rationales and best practices for STI policy intervention and will provide with a sound understanding of why taxpayer money should be used â and how â to f...