Joshua Rosenbloom

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Iowa State University
Professor and Chair, Department of Economics
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Professional Background: 

Joshua L. Rosenblooom earned a B.A. in history from Oberlin College (1981) and a Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University (1988). From August 1988 through July 2015 he was a faculty member in the Department of Economics at the University of Kansas. In August 2015 he was appointed Professor and Dept. Chair of the Department of Economics at Iowa State University. He is also a a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, Cambridge, MA. From August 2012 through August 2014 he served as Program Director for the NSF's Science of Science and Innovation Policy (SciSIP) program. During that time he was also Executive Secretary of the Interagency Working Group on Science of Science Policy. Prior coming to NSF he was Associate Vice Chancellor for Research & Graduate Studies (2006-2012), Interim Dean of Graduate Studies (August 2011-January 2012), and Director of the Center for Economic and Business Analysis in the Institute for Policy & Social Research (2001-2006), all at the University of Kansas.


Joshua L. Rosenbloom's research interests include the science of science and innovation policy, the economics of higher education and its relationship to science funding, the economic history of U.S. labor markets, and state and regional economic development, among other topics.

Selected Publications: 

“Economic Growth in the Mid Atlantic Region: Conjectural Estimates for 1720 to 1800,” with Thomas Weiss, Explorations in Economic History 51 (January 2014) 41-59 DOI http://10.1016/j.eeh.2013.08.002

“The Geography of Innovation Commercialization in the United States During the 1990s,” Economic Development Quarterly 21, no. 1 (February 2007), 3-16

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What is a "hard" science

Posted: Nov 13, 2016

This is orthogonal to the discussion of the Daniel Sarawitz article, but I was struck by Glenn Hampson’s statement that "It would also help if the media (and apparently

Re: Perspectives on faculty output metrics

Posted: Oct 12, 2016

Having been involved at one University in implementing the use of Academic Analytics, and now being at another university where I use these data as a department chair I have a somewhat different pe

Re: Productivity of Innovation Investments

Posted: Sep 10, 2016

Russell, Perhaps the most accessible argument that inventive activity may exhibit increasing returns is Eric Brynjolfson and Andrew McAfee, The Second Machine Age.

Science of Science Policy at NIH

Posted: May 05, 2016

On April 7-8, 2016, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Science Policy (OSP) co-sponsored the “NIH and the Science of Science and Innovation Policy: A Joint NIH-NSF Workshop.” Along w

NIH-NSF SciSIP Workshop Video and Presentations Available Online

Posted: May 05, 2016

Subject: NIH/NSF SciSIP Workshop Video and Speaker Presentations Available

Reminder: “NIH and the Science of Science and Innovation Policy” Workshop Next Week

Posted: Mar 30, 2016

Reminder: “NIH and the Science of Science and Innovation Policy” Workshop Next Week


Re: impact of software publications

Posted: Mar 25, 2016

As Kevin points out the challenges of conducting any kind of “experiment” with incentives are likely intractable.

Workshop Announcement: NIH and Science of Science and Innovation Policy

Posted: Mar 07, 2016

Dear Colleagues,
Please consider attending the “NIH and the Science of Science and Innovation Policy” workshop to be held on