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    PH D, University of California at Berkeley, Economics, 2003.

    MA, University of Toronto, Economics, 1998.

    BA, McGill University, Economics and English, 1997.

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      Kahn, S., & MacGarvie, M. (2016). Do Return Requirements Increase International Knowledge Diffusion? Evidence from the Fulbright Program. Research Policy, 45(6), 1304–1322.

      Kahn, S., LaMattina, G., & MacGarvie, M. Misfits, Stars and Immigrant Entrepreneurship. Small Business Economics.

      MacGarvie, M., & Koenig, P. (2011). Regulatory Policy and the Location of Bio-Pharmaceutical FDI in Europe. Journal of Health Economics, 30(5), 950-965.

      MacGarvie, M., & Hall, B. (2010). The Private Value of Software Patents. Research Policy, 39(7), 994-1009.

      Cockburn, I., & MacGarvie, M. (2009). Patents, Thickets and the Financing of Early-Stage Firms: Evidence from the Software Industry. Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, 18(3), 729-733.

      Kahn, S., & MacGarvie, M. (2016). How Important is U.S. Location for Research in Science?. The Review of Economics and Statistics, 98(2), 397–414.

      Mueller, E., Cockburn, I. M., & MacGarvie, M. (2013). Access to Intellectual Property for Innovation: Evidence on Problems and Coping Strategies from German Firms. Research Policy, 42(2), 529-541.

      Cockburn, I. M., & MacGarvie, M. (2011). Entry and Patenting in the Software Industry. Management Science, 57(5), 915-933.

      Cockburn, I. M., MacGarvie, M., & Müller, E. (2010). Patent Thickets, Licensing and Innovative Performance. Industrial and Corporate Change, 19(3), 899-925.

      Furman, J., & MacGarvie, M. (2009). Organizational Innovation & Academic Collaboration: The role of universities in the emergence of U.S. Pharmaceutical research laboratories. Industrial and Corporate Change, 18(5), 929-961.

      MacGarvie, M., & Furman, J. (2008). WHEN THE PILL PEDDLERS MET THE SCIENTISTS: the Antecedents and Implications of Early Collaborations Between US Pharmaceutical Firms and Universities. Essays in Economic and Business History, XXVI, p. 133-146. Anaheim, California, Economic and Business Historical Society.

      Furman, J., & MacGarvie, M. (2007). Academic science and early industrial research labs in the pharmaceutical industry. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 63, 756-776.

      MacGarvie, M. (2006). Do Firms Learn from International Trade?. The Review of Economics and Statistics, 88(1),

      MacGarvie, M., & Duguet, E. (2005). How well do Patent Citations Measure Flows of Technology? Evidence from French Innovation Surveys. Economics of Innovation and New Technology , 14(5), 375-393. New York, NY.

      MacGarvie, M. (2005). The Determinants of International Knowledge Diffusion as Measured by Patent. Economics Letters, 87(1), 121-126.


      MacGarvie, M., & McElheran, K. (2016). in Pitfalls of Data-Driven Decisions, chapter in HBR Guide to Data Analytics Basics for Managers Boston: Harvard Business Review Press, pp 127-136.
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      MacGarvie, M., & Moser, P. (2015). Copyright and the Profitability of Authorship, in Economic Analysis of the Digital Economy, Avi Goldfarb, Shane M. Greenstein, and Catherine E. Tucker, Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, pp 357-379.

      Kahn, S., & MacGarvie, M. (2012). in The Effects of the Foreign Fulbright Program on Knowledge Creation. NBER 50th Anniversary Conference Volume on the Rate and Direction of Inventive Activity Chicago: University of Chicago Press, pp 161-197.


      Kahn, S., & MacGarvie, M. (2012). Does Working Outside the U.S. Affect Scientific Productivity?.(Fall 2012), : Newsletter of the Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession.

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