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Joel Blit

Assistant Professor

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BASc Engineering Science (Toronto); MASc Computer Engineering (Waterloo); MBA (INSEAD); MA Economics (Western); PhD Economics (Toronto)

Areas of specialization: Economics of Innovation, Technology Clusters, Intellectual Property, Entrepreneurship, International Trade

Research interests

Joel’s main research interests are in the economics of innovation and economic geography. He studies the role that multi-location firms play in promoting the flow of knowledge across geographical space, the effect that intellectual property rights (patents) have on innovation, and whether skilled immigration can be leveraged to foster innovation. His most recent research focuses on AI and economics.   


Prior to joining Waterloo, Joel was an Assistant Professor of Economics and International Affairs at the George Washington University. He has also worked as a business consultant to financial services firms in Asia, Australia, and North America. His engagements included reorganizing the activities of a major bank and formulating the strategy for a $US 100M startup. Joel’s dissertation was a finalist for the Barry M. Richman Award for the Best Dissertation in International Management.  He is also the recipient of numerous research grants from institutions such as SSHRC, NBER, CIBER, INET, and CIGI.

Selected Publications and Working Papers

Please see website for an updated list. 

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