Christian Helmers is an assistant professor of economics at the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University. Before joining Santa Clara, Christian was an assistant professor at Universidad Carlos III, Madrid. Prior to that, he worked as a research economist at the London School of Economics. He has been a visiting research scholar at UC Berkeley, Stanford, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), as well as Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich. He has been involved in policy related work for various organizations including WIPO, the European Patent Office, the UK Intellectual Property Office, the Chilean Intellectual Property Office, and the International Trade Center UNCTAD/WTO.

Professor Helmers’ scholarship has appeared in top journals such as The Economic Journal, The Review of Economics and Statistics, and Quantitative Economics. His research focuses on innovation, intellectual property, and the economics of digitization.

Professor Helmers earned his B.A. in Economics from HEC University of Lausanne, and his M.Sc. in Economics for Development, as well as his DPhil. in Economics from the University of Oxford.


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