Mark Schankerman is a professor in economics at the London School of Economics (LSE), research associate at the Centre for Economics Performance (CEP), and research fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research in London.

He received his PhD in economics from Harvard University, formerly taught at New York University, and was a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research for ten years.

From 1995 to 2003, Dr. Schankerman served as director of Policy Research and advisor to the chief economist at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. He also worked at the World Bank and has extensive consultancy experience in the private and public sectors. He has contributed extensively to the literature on patents, research and development, productivity, and the economics of emerging economies.

Dr. Schankerman is currently an editor of Economics of Transition, associate editor of Rand Journal of Economics, and on the editorial board of the Journal of Industrial Economics. His book The Comingled Code: Open Source and Economic Development (MIT Press, 2010) with Josh Lerner (Harvard Business School) was reviewed in the Economist (January 13, 2011). He is a member of the Expert Panel advising the Hargreaves Review of Intellectual Property and Growth, commissioned by the UK government.

Areas of Expertise


Harvard University
PhD, Economics
MA, Economics

Brandeis University
BA, Economics (magna cum laude), Phi Beta Kappa