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Joel Blit

Assistant Professor

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CV: Joel Blit

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

Areas of specialization: International trade; Economics of innovation; Multinational corporations; Boundaries of the firm; Institutions

Research interests

Joel's current research focuses on the economics of innovation, the market for ideas, technology clusters, entrepreneurship, and multinational firms. His dissertation, examining the role of multi-location firms as a medium for the geographic diffusion of knowledge, was a finalist for the Barry M. Richman Best Dissertation Award. Joel is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards including a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS) Doctoral Scholarship, the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) Innovation Policy Research Grant, an Institute of Public Policy Research Grant, two Centres for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) research grants, and a Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) research grant.


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 holds a MASc in Computer Engineering from the University of Waterloo, a MBA from INSEAD, and a PhD in Economics from the University of Toronto.

Working papers

University of Waterloo