Neil Thompson

Research Scientist



I am an innovation scholar with appointments at MIT as a Research Scientist at CSAIL and at the Initiative on the Digital Economy.  My research focuses on 4 topics:

  1. Computer Performance and Economic Outcomes
  2. Tools and Innovation
  3. Patenting & Licensing
  4. Executing on Innovation and Strategy

I did my PhD in Business and Public Policy at Berkeley, where I also did Masters degrees in Computer Science and Statistics. I have a masters in Economics from the London School of Economics, and undergraduate degrees in Physics and International Development. Prior to academia, I worked at organizations such as Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories, Bain and Company, The United Nations, the World Bank, and the Canadian Parliament.