President Levin Addresses Asia Society of Hong Kong

University President Richard C. Levin today discussed the economic impact of university research in an address to the Asia Society in Hong Kong. Levin’s address, “The American Research University as an Engine of Economic Growth,” focused on the link between basic scientific research and technological advances in U.S. industry.

The Frederick William Beinecke Professor of Economics at Yale, Levin was inaugurated as the twenty-second president of the University in October 1993. A specialist in the economics of technological change, he is professionally known for his analyses of change with national and international industrial sectors. He has written extensively on such diverse subjects as the patent system, industrial research and development, and the effects of antitrust and public regulation on private industry.

In recent years, Levin has spoken at Oxford University and before the U.S. Senate Democratic Policy Committee Forum about how the United States’ position in the world economy has depended upon its competitive advantage in science. Earlier this year, Levin delivered the keynote speech at the Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony at the U.S. Capitol.

The Asia Society was founded in 1956 by John D. Rockefeller to foster understanding between Americans and the peoples of Asia and the Pacific. Headquartered in New York City, the Asia Society has regional centers in Hong Kong, Melbourne, Los Angeles, Houston and Washington, D.C.

Among those who have addressed the Asia Society in Hong Kong this year are former Secretaries of State James Baker III and Warren Christopher and economist Lester Thurow.

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