Associate Professor

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CV: Joel Blit

Website: Joel Blit

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. Joel has received research grants from SSHRC, NBER, CIBER, INET, CIGI, the UW AI Institute, and others.


Prior to joining Waterloo, Joel was an Assistant Professor of Economics and International Affairs at the George Washington University, and a business consultant to financial services firms in Asia, Australia, and North America. His consulting engagements included reorganizing the activities of a major bank and formulating the strategy for a $US 100M startup. Joel regularly advises policymakers on innovation policy. As part of an expert panel, he advised the Minister of Foreign Affairs on Canada’s optimal IP position for NAFTA negotiations. On the topic of automation and the future of work, he has briefed the G7 Sherpas (representatives), led an expert roundtable with the deputy ministers of Employment and Social Development Canada, and of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Canada, and was an invited speaker at a number of venues including the OECD Global Forum on Productivity.

Selected Publications and Working Papers

Please see website for an updated list. 

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