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Oettl, Alexander

Alexander Oettl

Assistant Professor

Academic Area(s):
Economics of Innovation
Production and Diffusion of Ideas
PhD, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

Alex Oettl joined the strategic management faculty in 2009.  His research interests include the economics of innovation, knowledge spillovers, labor mobility, and economic geography.  His current work focuses on the production and diffusion of ideas at the individual, firm, and regional level.

Professor Oettl's research has been published in Management Science, Nature, Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Urban Economics, the Journal of International Business Studies, profiled in multiple media outlets, and presented at business schools around the world.  He is a recipient of the 2014 Kauffman Junior Faculty Fellowship in Entrepreneurship Research.

Working Papers

  • Agrawal, Ajay, Alberto Galasso, and Alexander Oettl. 2014. "Roads and Innovation," Working Paper.

  • Productivity and Helpfulness: Implications of a New Taxonomy for Star Scientists
Published Papers

  • Agrawal, Ajay, Iain Cockburn, Alberto Galasso, and Alexander Oettl. 2014. “Why are some regions more innovative than others? The role of small firms in the presence of large labs,” Journal of Urban Economics, 81(1), 149–165.

  • Chava, Sudheer, Alexander Oettl, Ajay Subramanian, and Krishnamurthy V. Subramanian. 2013. "Bank Deregulation and Innovation," Journal of Financial Economics, 109, 759-774.

  • Oettl, Alexander. 2012. “Reconceptualizing Stars: Scientist Helpfulness and Peer Performance,” Management Science, 58(6), 1122-1140.

  • Agrawal, Ajay, Devesh Kapur, John McHale, and Alexander Oettl. 2011 “Brain Drain or Brain Bank? The Impact of Skilled Emigration on Poor-Country Innovation,” Journal of Urban Economics, 69(1), 43-55

  • Oettl, Alexander and Ajay Agrawal. 2008. "International Labor Mobility and Knowledge Flow Externalities." Journal of International Business Studies, 39, 1242–1260.
Practitioner Publications

  • Oettl, Alexander. 2012. “Honour the Helpful,” Nature, 489(7417), 496-497.