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Professor Brian Wright

Professor, Economics
A.M. & Ph.D. in Economics, Harvard University, United States; Bachelor of Agricultural Economics (first class honours), University of New England, Australia


My interests in economic uncertainty and innovation date from my early experiences on my family’s sheep station in the Riverina district of New South Wales, Australia. I received a Bachelor of Agricultural Economics (First Class honors) from the University of New England, Armidale, and won one of two Frank Knox Fellowships given annually to Australian students by Harvard University, where I received an A.M. and Ph.D. in Economics. I then joined Yale University’s Economics Department and am now a faculty member in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of California, Berkeley.

I am a Fellow of the American Agricultural Economics Association. I served as the economist member of the Subcommittee on Proprietary Science and Technology of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). I served on the Committee on Intellectual Property in Genomic and Protein Research and Innovation of the National Academies’ Board of Science, Technology and Economic Policy. I have recently collaborated with the Research Center for Property Exchange of Peking University. Last June, at the request of the World Bank, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, I gave a technical presentation at the World Grain Forum, Petersburg, Russia, on the use of international grain reserves for market stabilisation. In October 2010 I presented an invited paper on agricultural innovation at the Washington, DC National Bureau of Economic Research meeting on Accelerating Innovation in Energy: Lessons from Other Sectors? I subsequently presented invited lectures on grain markets and their stabilisation at the World Bank, the Milken Institute, and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

Research interests

Innovation; Intellectual property

Fields of Research

  • Agricultural Economics - 380101
  • Industry Economics And Industrial Organisation - 380109

Further information


Also published as: Wright, Brian; Wright, B.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2015: The efficiency of the Global Patent System *; ARC Linkage Projects Scheme

* Chief Investigator

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