TNIT Members

Suzanne Scotchmer was a TNIT member between 2005 and 2013. She passed away a year later, in 2014, at the age of 64. Suzanne was a great scholar, probably the foremost expert of her generation on the economics of intellectual property. She was also a fantastic and
lively colleague, whose presence made TNIT meetings much more fun and interesting.

Suzanne was born and raised in Pelican, Alaska, and loved to speak about her childhood there. She obtained her undergraduate degree in economics at the University of Washington, taught at Harvard for five years or so at the beginning of the 1980s and returned to Berkeley where she was a professor of Public Policy, Economics and Law. She had the rare ability to combine elegant theory with a great sense of its “real world” implications and was extremely influential both in academic and policy circles.

She was a great friend of Toulouse, and spent a sabbatical at IDEI, before the existence of TSE. The yearly Economics of Digital Industries conference, held every January, remembers her, thanks to the Suzanne Scotchmer lecture. We miss her.