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Economist Claude Henry will discuss intellectual property and innovation on April 7, 2010.

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY—Economist Claude Henry will deliver the 2010 Martin H. Crego lecture entitled “Intellectual Property and Innovation for Sustainable Development” on Wednesday, April 7, at Vassar College. The program will begin at 5:30pm in Taylor Hall, room 203. The Economics Department sponsors the annual Martin H. Crego lecture, which is free and open to the public.

In his lecture Henry will address whether intellectual property helps disseminate the body of innovation required for switching to a more sustainable development trajectory, or whether it acts as an obstacle. He will explore what alternatives might be promoted.
Henry is a physicist (quantum mechanics) turned economist. He has taught public and environmental economics at École Polytechnique in Paris and at Lausanne University and is currently a professor of innovation and sustainable development at Sciences Po Paris and a visiting professor at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.
From 1997 to 2002, he was an adviser to the Prime Minister of France on matters pertaining to public utilities and environmental policies and is currently an adviser to the Director of the European Environmental Agency. Henry is president of the Scientific Council of IDDRI (Institut du développement durable et des relations internationales) and a member of Academia Europea and of the French Academy of Engineering. His main research interest is in the field of production and dissemination mechanisms of science and innovation. A former co-editor of the Review of Economic Studies and the Journal of Public Economics, Henry was a member of Commission on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress initiated by President Sarkozy of France and chaired by Nobel Laureates Joseph E. Stiglitz and Amartya Sen.
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Posted by Office of Communications Monday, March 1, 2010