Joshua Gans is a Professor of Strategic Management and holder of the Jeffrey S. Skoll Chair of Technical Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. He is also Chief Economist of the University of Toronto’s Creative Destruction Lab.
Prior to 2011, he was the foundation Professor of Management (Information Economics) at the Melbourne Business School, University of Melbourne and prior to that he was at the School of Economics, University of New South Wales. In 2011, Joshua was a visiting researcher at Microsoft Research (New England). Joshua holds a PhD from Stanford University and an honours degree in economics from the University of Queensland. In 2012, Joshua was appointed as a Research Associate of the NBER in the Productivity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program.
Joshua teaches MBA students entrepreneurial strategy. He has also co-authored, with Stephen King and Robin Stonecash, the Australasian edition of Greg Mankiw’s Principles of Economics, Core Economics for Managers, Finishing the Job, Parentonomics, Information Wants to be Shared, The Disruption Dilemma, Scholarly Publishing and its Discontents and Prediction Machines: The Simple Economics of Artificial Intelligence. His most recent book, written with Andrew Leigh, is Innovation + Equality.
While Joshua’s research interests are varied he has developed specialities in the nature of technological competition and innovation, economic growth, publishing economics, industrial organisation and regulatory economics. This has culminated in publications in the American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, RAND Journal of Economics, Journal of Economic Perspectives, Journal of Public Economics, and the Journal of Regulatory Economics.
Joshua serves as the Department Editor (Business Strategy) of Management Science and an associate editor at the Journal of Industrial Economics and is on the editorial boards of multiple academic journals. In 2007, Joshua was awarded the Economic Society of Australia’s Young Economist Award.
In 2008, Joshua was elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, Australia. Details of his research activities can be found here. In 2011, Joshua, along with Fiona Murray of MIT, received a grant for almost $1 million from the Sloan Foundation to explore the Economics of Knowledge Contribution and Distribution. In 2017, Joshua won the Roger Martin Award for Research Excellence at the Rotman School of Management. In 2019, Joshua was awarded the PURC Distinguished Service Award from the Public Utility Research Center at the University of Florida for his contributions to regulatory economics.
On the consulting side, Joshua is managing director of Core Economic Research and an Academic Associate with The Brattle Group. In the past, Joshua has worked with several established consulting firms including London Economics, Frontier Economics and Charles River Associates. He has also been retained by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and the Federal Trade Commission where he worked on expert testimony in several abuse of market power cases as well as on issues in telecommunications network competition. Overall his consulting experience covers energy, telecommunications, financial services and banking, pharmaceuticals, and rail transport.