Paul A. David

Professor (and by courtesy, Professor of History) (Emeritus)

Paul David


Contact Info:
Personal Webpage
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Phone: 650-723-3710

Office: Landau Economics, room 333

Office hours: By email appointment


  • Research:

    The economics of technological change, demographic change and institutional change, and other areas of theoretical and empirical research on the nature of path-dependence in economic processes; economic history, with special reference to the U.S. and the North Atlantic economies in the modern era

  • Current Research:

    Contemporary public policy issues: the role of interoperability standards in the evolution of network industries and the changing interrelationships between “open science” and proprietary R & D activities

  • Teaching:

    Undergraduate and graduate courses in: (1) American economic history (2) Economics of science and technology (3) Technology, economy and society from the neolithnic revolution and the industrial revolution (4) Institutions in economic history. Graduate research seminars: Social Science History Workshop and Science, Technology and Economy Workshop

  • Professional Affiliations:

    AEA, Economic History Association (past President), International Cliometric Society, Population Association of America, International Econometric Society (Fellow), American Academy of Arts and Sciences (Member, Executive Committee for Western Center)