Nicholas S. Vonortas

Nicholas Vonortas

Professor of Economics and International Affairs
Suite 403
Address: Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E Street, NW
Phone: 202-378-6230
Fax: 202-994-1639

Areas of Expertise

Economics of technological change; industrial organization; and science and technology policy


Professor Vonortas received his BA in economics from Athens University (Greece), his MA in Economic Development from Leicester University (UK), and his M.Phil. and Ph.D. in Economics from New York University (US). He joined the Elliott School in 1990. He has a joint appointment with the Center for International Science and Technology Policy and the Department of Economics (Columbian School of Arts and Sciences). He specializes in the economics of technological change, science and technology policy, international transfer of technology, and inter-firm cooperation in research and development.

At the Elliott School, Vonortas offers graduate courses on comparative science and technology policy, the creation and diffusion of technological advances, and technology and international competitiveness. Selected recent publications include "Research Joint Ventures: A Critical Survey of Theoretical and Empirical Literature" in Journal of Economic Surveys (2003); "Strategic Research Partnerships: A Managerial Perspective" in Technology Analysis and Strategic Management (2003); and "Science and Technology Policies Towards Research Joint Ventures" in Science and Public Policy (2002).


Ph.D., New York University

Classes Taught

ECON 6220 Managerial Economics for MBAs

ECON 6255 Economics of Technological Change

IAFF 6142 Technology Creation/Diffusion (multidisciplinary)

IAFF 6158 Special Topics in International Science & Technology Policy:

  • Science, Politics and International Culture

IAFF 6159 Intertnational Science & Technology Policy Capstone