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Ward Hanson

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Ward Hanson analyzes the economics and marketing of new technology.    Other areas of interest include the role of competition, policy issues involving the evolving role of interactivity, and optimal product line pricing.  As a pioneer in studying the commercialization and impact of the Internet, he has published research articles, a leading text, and created online courses on Internet marketing. He has served as an expert witness in areas of patent validity, ecommerce, Internet advertising, and industry analysis.

Dr. Hanson is a member of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, where he is a Fellow and the Policy Forum Director.  Previous faculty positions include the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Purdue University, and the University of Chicago.  He has a Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University.

Dr. Hanson's most recent presentation was in Taipei, Taiwan on September 5, 2014. He presented a paper "Innovation in the United States: How Have Prospects Changed in the Aftermath of the Financial Crisis?"

As part of his interest in innovation he is a regular contributor to the journal New Space, which studies the emerging private space industry. His article "Pricing Space Debris," appears in the September 2014 volume.


The latest Policy Forums looked at "Neuroeconomics" (Spring 2014) and "Big Data, Big Issues" (Fall 2013). The next Forum will cover "The App Economy." Please go to the policy forum web site for more information.








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