Petra Moser is an influential scholar in the fields of behavioral economics, economic history, and the economics of innovation. Much of her work examines patents and patent law, patent pooling, the legal and economic conditions necessary to optimize innovation, and the history of intellectual property–particularly in the United States.
As a leading economic historian, Moser is slated to be appointed a Trustee of the Cliometric Society from 2014 to 2018. She was awarded a National Science Foundation CAREER Grant beginning in 2012, when she was also named a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences and awarded a National Bureau of Economic Research Grant—the second of her career, following the first in 2009—in support of her paper on “Copyrights and Creativity.”
Moser is currently a faculty research fellow at the NBER. She joined the economics faculty in 2015 New York University after nine years as an assistant professor of economics at Stanford University. Previously, she was assistant professor of strategy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management. She was a national fellow at the Hoover Institution between 2005 and 2006.
Moser completed her PhD at the University of California, Berkeley in 2002. She earned an MA in international relations from Yale University in 1996, after also completing graduate study in economics as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Missouri. In 1992, she completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Tuebingen in her native Germany.