Dr. Lisa Cook found a blindspot in a big theory on innovation: the idea that if we just make strong patent laws, innovation will come. True for some, not true for others.
Her research has huge implications for Black Americans — and for the wealth of entire countries. But convincing her colleagues took a lot more than data.
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Correction June 22, 2020
A previous version of this story cited the wrong economist calling Dr. Cook's work an original idea that should be published. It was Milton Friedman, not Martin Feldstein.