James D. Adams, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, USA

James D. Adams is Professor of Economics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY. In addition, he is a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Prior to joining Rensselaer, he was Professor of Economics at the University of Florida. He has also held visiting appointments at the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. Bureau of the Census, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, the George J. Stigler Center for the Study of the Economy and the State at the University of Chicago, and the University of Maryland. He served on the Telecommunications R&D Board of the National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC and he advised the Advanced Technology Program of the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology on issues of data quality and policy evaluation. He received a BA in economics from the University of New Mexico in 1967 and a PhD in economics from the University of Chicago in 1976.

Dr. Adams has published numerous articles on the economics of technical change, with emphasis on the causes and consequences of industrial and academic research and development, as well as articles in the fields of labor and public economics. His research has focused on the limits of the firm in research and development, the measurement of scientific influence, the identification of channels of knowledge flow in the economy, the structure and meaning of scientific teams and collaborations, the speed of diffusion of scientific research, the determinants of research and teaching productivity in academia, and social networks of scientists and engineers.