Lee G. Branstetter

Nonresident Senior Fellow

Lee Branstetter, nonresident senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, is professor of economics and public policy at Carnegie Mellon University, with a joint appointment at its Heinz College, School of Public Policy and Management, and its Dietrich College, Department of Social and Decision Sciences. Branstetter is also a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He served as senior economist for international trade and investment at the Council of Economic Advisers in 2011–12. Before moving to Carnegie Mellon, Branstetter was the Daniel Stanton Associate Professor of Business at Columbia Business School, where he directed the International Business Program and was affiliated with the Center on Japanese Economy and Business. He also served as associate editor of the Journal of International Economics from 2003 to 2011.

Branstetter has conducted highly cited and influential research in the areas of innovation, the economics of intellectual property, international technology transfer, and economic growth and development in Asia. His recent work examines the globalization of R&D, innovation, and trade conflict in clean energy technologies and the impact of changes in patent law on innovation in the pharmaceutical industry. His work has been published in the American Economic ReviewQuarterly Journal of EconomicsRAND Journal of EconomicsReview of Economics and StatisticsJournal of International Economics, and Journal of Industrial Economics. Branstetter received his PhD in economics from Harvard University in 1996 and his BA from Northwestern University in 1991.

Recent Content

PIIE Briefing
C. Fred Bergsten (PIIE), Lee G. Branstetter (PIIE), Cathleen Cimino-Isaacs (PIIE), Caroline Freund (PIIE), R. Michael Gadbaw (Georgetown Law Center), Jennifer Hillman (Cassidy Levy Kent and Georgetown University Law Center), Robert Z. Lawrence (PIIE), Sean Miner (PIIE), Tyler Moran (PIIE) and Jeffrey J. Schott (PIIE)
March 2016
Event Recap
Carsten Fink (World Intellectual Property Organization) and Lee G. Branstetter (PIIE)
March 17, 2016
Trade & Investment Policy Watch
October 5, 2015