John Troy Scott

Academic Appointments

Professor of Economics, Emeritus

I do research in the areas of industrial organization and the economics of technological change. My work on the latter has been supported by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the National Science Foundation, the National Research Council of the National Academies, the World Bank, the United Nations Development Programme, and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.


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  • A.B. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 1969
  • Ph.D. Harvard University 1976

Selected Publications

  • "The Digital Commercial Revolution: U.S. Business Sales and the Entrepreneurial Exploitation of Information and Communications Technology," Journal of Technology Transfer, forthcoming, available at, and the Springer Nature SharedIt Initiative at

  • "Research Diversity and Invention," Review of Industrial Organization, Vol. 62, Issue 2 (March 2023), pp. 179-197,

  • "Government Royalties on Sales of Pharmaceutical and Other Biomedical Products Developed with Substantial Public Funding: Illustrated with the Technology Transfer of the Drug-Eluting Coronary Stent", with Robert S. Danziger, Annals of Science and Technology Policy: Vol. 6: No. 1, online version, September 8, 2021, pp. 1-99; print/paper version, 2022, pp. 1-104.

  • "Foreign Patents for the Technology Transfer from Laboratories of U.S. Federal Agencies," with David P. Leech, Journal of Technology Transfer, Vol. 47, Issue 4 (August 2022), pp. 937-978.

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