Michael A. Klein

Assistant Professor, Economics

I joined the faculty of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as an Assistant Professor of Economics in Fall 2018. I study innovation and economic growth in the context of an interconnected global economy. My current work focuses on policy issues related to the international protection of intellectual property. Examples include analyses of the international market for counterfeit products, technology transfer to developing economies through multinational firms, and the implications of firm patenting behavior across markets.

I teach two courses in RPI's Masters of Science in Economics program. In my course "Economics of Growth and Innovation," we examine the endogenous determinants of technological innovation and evaluate the institutions and policies that affect growth. In my course "Applied Microeconomics and Public Policy," we examine real world applications of microeconomic analysis in areas such as innovation policy, environmental policy and international trade negotiations.


PhD, Indiana University

Research Focus
  • Economic growth
  • Innovation
  • Intellectual property rights
  • International economics
Select Works
  • "Secrecy, the Patent Puzzle and Endogenous Growth" - European Economic Review, 126: 103445, 2020.
  • "Complementarity in Public and Private Intellectual Property Enforcement; Implications for International Standards" - Oxford Economic Papers, 72(3): 748-771, 2020.
  • "Establishment Productivity Convergence and the Effect of Foreign Ownership at the Frontier" - World Development, 122: 245-260, 2019
  • "Foreign Direct Investment and Collective Intellectual Property Protection in Developing Countries" - Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 149: 389-412, 2018