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Academic economist Joshua Gans comments on Core Economics

posted onMarch 16, 2018

Originally created in 2006 by Joshua Gans, an Australian economist, Core Economics became a multiauthored blog in 2008.  The blog generally covers economic policy and economic issues, along with business strategy, technology and innovation, reflecting the wide interests of the authors.

Born in 1968 in  Australia, Gans spent the first 11 years of his life in Sydney before moving to Brisbane in 1979. He holds a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) and the University Medal from the University of Queensland, and a Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University.

He moved to Melbourne Business School in 1996 as an Associate Professor and became a full Professor in 2000 . In 2007, Gans received the inaugural young economist award from the Economic Society of Australia. In 2011 he received a grant of $976,000 (US) from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation 

Born in 1968 in  Australia, Gans spent the first 11 years of his life in Sydney before moving to Brisbane in 1979. He holds a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) and the University Medal from the University of Queensland, and a Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University. He moved to Melbourne Business School in 1996 as an Associate Professor and became a full Professor in 2000 . 

He  currently teaches MBA and Commerce students Network and Digital Market Strategy at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto,

He is the author of several books, including the Australasian edition of Greg Mankiw's Principles of Economics (1st Australasian Edition, Harcourt, Sydney, 2000), Core Economics for Managers (Thomson Learning: Melbourne, 2005), Finishing the Job:  Real World Policy Solutions in Housing, Health, Education and Transport (with Stephen King) (Melbourne University Publishing: Melbourne, 2004), Parentonomics (MIT Press: Cambridge, 2009), Information Wants to be Shared (Harvard Business Review Press, 2012),  The Disruption Dilemma (MIT Press, 2016) and Scholarly Publishing and its Discontents (2017). His most recent book is Prediction Machines (HBR Press, 2018).

On the consulting side, Gans is managing director of Core Economic Research and an Academic Associate with The Brattle Group. In the past, he has worked with several established consulting firms including London Economics, Frontier Economics and Charles River Associates.Overall his consulting experience covers energy (gas and electricity markets), telecommunications, financial services and banking, pharmaceuticals and rail transport. 

In 2007, Gans received the inaugural young economist award from the Economic Society of Australia. In 2011 he received a grant for almost $1 million from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to explore the Economics of Knowledge Contribution and Distribution. 
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