Pierre Azoulay holds the International Programs Chair at the MIT Sloan School of Management,
whose faculty he joined in July 2006. He is an applied economist deeply interested in understanding
the forces that shape the rate and direction of scientific and technological progress. Currently, he is
studying the career choices of postdoctoral fellows in the life sciences and how they impinge on
long-term research productivity; the impact of scientific retractions on the fate of scientific fields and
authors embroiled in scandal; and the effects of public investments in biomedical research on the
patenting rates of private-sector biopharmaceutical firms.
In the past, he has investigated the effects of alternative funding schemes on risk-taking behavior
in science, and contributed to the public policy debate surrounding the reform of the peer review
system for the funding of basic research.
He teaches courses on competitive strategy, technology strategy, and the management of innovation
within large enterprises.
Professor Azoulay is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.
From 2001 and 2006, he was Assistant Professor of Management at Columbia
University's Graduate School of Business. A native of France, he received his doctoral degree
from MIT in 2001. He resides in Newton, Massachusetts with his wife and two daughters.