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June 5, 2013

Canadian universities lag behind their US counterparts in generating technology transfer between academic research and companies, and improved policies are needed to address the problem, according to a report released today by the C.D. Howe Institute. In “From Curiosity to Wealth Creation: How University Research can Boost Economic Growth,” author Peter Howitt recommends how governments can improve the incentives for universities and their researchers to pursue research lines that can eventually be commercialized.

 

Peter Howitt
Peter Howitt

C.D. Howe Institute Academic Adviser on Economic Growth and Innovation

Peter Howitt is Professor of Economics at Brown University. 

He taught at the University of Western Ontario from 1972 to 1996 and at the Ohio State University from 1996 to 2000.