Naomi R. Lamoreaux, who was recently appointed as the Stanley B. Resor Professor of Economics and History, has a range of interests that include corporate governance, intellectual property, and public-private distinction in U.S. history.
Lamoreaux studies patenting and the market for technology in the late 19th- and 20th- century United States, business organizational forms and contractual freedom in the United States and Europe in the 19th and 20th centuries, the rise and decline of innovative regions, and the organizational roots of the right to privacy.
She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in history from the Johns Hopkins University and then taught at Brown University from 1979 to 1996 and at the University of California-Los Angeles from 1996 to 2010.
A research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, Lamoreaux is the author of “The Great Merger Movement in American Business, 1895-1904” and “Insider Lending: Banks, Personal Connections, and Economic Development in Industrial New England.”
The Yale economist has been elected president of the Business History Conference and the Economic History Association and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Lamoreaux has been awarded the Alice Hanson Jones Book Prize, the Program in Early American Economy and Society and Arthur Cole article prizes, the Harold Williamson Prize for an outstanding business historian in mid-career, and the Cliometrics Award for “exceptional support to the field.”
She has received fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, as well as grants from the Institute for New Economic Thinking, the National Science Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, and the Tobin Project.