Bonwoo Koo

Associate Professor

Contact InformationBonwoo Koo

Phone: 519-888-4567 x37843
Location: CPH 4327


Biography Summary

Bon Koo is an Associate Professor in the Department of Management Sciences at the University of Waterloo.

His principal areas of research include the economics of R&D and intellectual property rights, management of technology, science and technology policy, and the economics of biotechnology.

Dr. Koo is affiliated with the International Science & Technology Practice & Policy (InSTePP) at the University of Minnesota. He has published several reports, journals, and articles on topics such as intellectual property rights policies, R&D and innovation, technology standards, conservation of genetic resources and biotechnology.

Research Interests

  • Technology management and innovation
  • Economics of intellectual property rights
  • Licensing and contracts in technology
  • open source innovation
  • Economics of biotechnology
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • R&D and Innovation Incentive
  • Intellectual Property Rights
  • Licensing and Contracts
  • Green Technology


  • 1998, Doctorate, Agricultural and resource economics, University of California, Berkeley
  • 1996, Master's, Agricultural and resource economics, University of California, Berkeley
  • 1991, Master's, Economics, Yonsei University
  • 1989, Bachelor's, Economics, Yonsei University


  • MSCI 261 - Eng. Econ: Fin Mgt for Eng's
    • Taught in 2017, 2019, 2020
  • MSCI 607 - Applied Economics for Mgmt
    • Taught in 2017, 2019, 2020, 2021
* Only courses taught in the past 5 years are displayed.

Selected/Recent Publications

  • Cozzarin, Brian Weonseek Kim Bonwoo Koo, Does Organizational Innovation Moderate Technical Innovation Directly or Indirectly?, Economics of Innovation and New Technology
  • Kim, Teakdong and Koo, Bonwoo and Park, Minsoo, Role of financial regulation and innovation in the financial crisis, Journal of Financial stability, 9(4), 2013, 662 - 672
  • Pardey, Philip and Koo, Bonwoo and Drew, Jennifer and Horwich, Jeffrey and Nottenburg, Carol, The evolving landscape of plant varietal rights in the United States, 1930-2008, Nature biotechnology, 31(1), 2013, 25 - 29
  • Pardey, Philip G., Bonwoo Koo, Jennifer Drew, Jeff Horwich and Carol Nottenburg (2013). "Plant Varietal Rights in the United States, 1930 - 2008." Nature Biotechnology, January (Accepted in 2012)
  • Cozzarin, Brian, William Lee and Bonwoo Koo (2013), "Sony's Redemption: The Blu-ray vs. HD-DVD Standards War," Forthcoming, Prometheus. (Accepted in 2012)
  • Kim, Weonseek and Bonwoo Koo (2012), "A Patent System with a Contingent Delegation Fee under Asymmetric Information." B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy, 12(1), Article 21, pp.16. (Accepted in 2012)
  • Narayanan, Meyyappan, Bonwoo Koo and Brian Cozzarin (2012), "Fear of Fraud and Internet Purchasing." Applied Economics Letters, 19, 1-5. (Accepted in 2011)
  • Koo, Bonwoo and Mantin, Benny and O'Connor, Peter, Online distribution of airline tickets: Should airlines adopt a single or a multi-channel approach?, Tourism Management, 32(1), 2011, 69 - 74
  • Koo, Bonwoo and Wright, Brian D, Dynamic effects of patent policy on sequential innovation, Journal of Economics & Management Strategy, 19(2), 2010, 489 - 512
  • Koo, Bonwoo and Brian D. Wright (2010), "Dynamic Effect of Patent Policy on Sequential Innovation." Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, 19(2), 489-512. (Accepted in 2010)

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