Author Archives: David M. Hart

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This article is in Climate Engineering, Spring 2017


The infrastructure challenge In “Infrastructure and Democracy” (Issues, Winter 2017), Christopher Jones and David Reinecke remind us that infrastructures have historically been inaccessible to many people in the United States, particularly those living in poor and rural communities. By tracing the development of US railroad, electrical, and Internet networks, the authors show that many infrastructures […]

From Brain Drain to Mutual Gain: Sharing the Benefits of High-Skill Migration


This article is in New Visions for National Security, Fall 2006


A global economy built on policies that foster mutual gain would be both richer and fairer than one premised on a war for talent. The news on high-skill migration (HSM) is good and getting better. More highly skilled people are moving across borders for education and work than ever before. Judging by figures on graduate-school […]

Closing the Energy-Demonstration Gap


This article is in Has NIH Lost Its Halo?, Winter 2015


A regional approach to demonstrating the commercial potential of major new energy technologies would open up new opportunities for accelerating innovation. The high costs and risks of demonstrating new clean energy technologies at commercial scale are major obstacles in the transition to a low-carbon energy economy. To overcome this barrier, we propose a new, decentralized […]

Book Review: Return of the gadfly


This article is in Homeland Security, Winter 2001-2002


Return of the gadfly Science, Money, and Politics: Political Triumph and Ethical Erosion, by Daniel S. Greenberg. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2001, 530 pp. David M. Hart Webster’s defines gadfly as “an intentionally annoying person who stimulates or provokes others especially by persistent irritating criticism.” In the case of Daniel Greenberg, who has been […]

Book Review: Job prospects


This article is in Innovation Policy around the World, Spring 2010


Job prospects Offshoring of American Jobs: What Response from U.S. Economic Policy? by Jagdish Bhagwati and Alan S. Blinder, edited and with an introduction by Benjamin M. Friedman, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2009, 144 pp. David M. Hart In this peculiar little book, six prominent economists—the two listed authors plus four distinguished commentators, all writing […]

Antitrust and Technological Innovation


This article is in Meeting New Challenges for U.S. Industry, Winter 1998-1999


The courtroom drama of U.S. v. Microsoft, now playing in Washington, D.C., has drawn hyperbolic press notices. Some observers portray the trial as the first test in the dawning Information Age of antitrust law made in the now-past industrial age. Microsoft CEO Bill Gates plays John D. Rockefeller in this construction, and Assistant Attorney General […]