U.S. domestic market from 1995 to 1999.” Work currently in progress includes “Demand estimation for the microprocessor chip: 1993-2000,” and “Vertical innovation and the product cycle: the microprocessor industry.”


Charles Wessner has served with three different federal agencies in positions of increasing responsibility, bringing a unique perspective on Washington policy developments and international cooperation to science and technology policy. He has extensive overseas experience, both with the OECD and as a senior officer with the U.S. Diplomatic Corps. Since joining the National Research Council, the operational arm of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, he has led several major studies, produced a rapidly growing list of publications, and works closely with the senior levels of the U.S. government. His policy interests focus on the linkages between science-based economic growth, new technology development and commercialization, including conditions to encourage entrepreneurship, and international investment and trade in high technology industries. His current portfolio of work centers on government measures to support the development of new technologies which have contributed to the productivity gains which characterize the New Economy. Dr. Wessner frequently lectures and testifies on United States technology policy and its role in the global economy. He has testified to Congressional Committees and before national commissions such as the U.S. Trade Deficit Review Commission and the Presidential Aerospace Offsets Commission. Dr. Wessner also lectures at leading universities in the United States such as Harvard, The College of William & Mary, and Georgetown, as well as foreign universities such as Nottingham, Potsdam, and Helsinki University of Technology. Dr. Wessner holds degrees in International Affairs from Lafayette College (Phi Beta Kappa) and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy where he obtained an M.A., an M.A.L.D. and a Ph.D. as a Shell Fellow.

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