Kenneth Flamm


About Kenneth Flamm

Kenneth Flamm is Professor and Dean Rusk Chair in International Affairs at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas in Austin. He teaches classes in microeconomic theory, international trade and defense economics.

Professor Flamm is an expert on economic analysis of innovation & investment in high technology industries; technology modeling; and applied econometrics. His research has focused on determinants of innovation in semiconductors, computers, and telecommunications; economics of Internet use and deployment; as well as R&D, technology and technology policy. He has worked closely with the semiconductor industry’s SEMATECH research consortium in building economic models describing the impact of technological innovation on industrial competition in that industry. He served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Dual Use Technology Policy and has consulted with the National Academy of Science, the World Bank, U.S Agency for International Development; the U.S. Congress Office of Technology Assessment among others. Professor Flamm is a referee for and a contributor to numerous academic journals and has published extensively on the economics of the semiconductor, computer, and telecommunications industries. He was recently invited by the President’s Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Science Foundation to address research relevant to U.S. science policy practitioners–he discussed recent research related to forecasting future economic impacts from specific technology investment proposals.

Ph.D. in Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
A.B. (Honors), Economics, Stanford University

Work Experience
Econ One, 2010 – Present

Professor and Dean Rusk Chair in International Affairs; Director, Technology, Innovation and Global Security Program, The Strauss Center on International Security and Law, University of Texas, Austin 1998 – Present

The Brookings Institution
Senior Fellow, 1995 – 1998, 1987 – 1993
Research Associate, 1979 – 1987

Special Assistant to Deputy Secretary of Defense (Dual Use Technology Policy) and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Economic Security), 1994 – 1995

Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense (Economic Security), Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense and Special Assistant to the Under Secretary (Dual Use Technology Policy and International Programs), 1993 -1994

George Washington University, Adjunct Professor, Department of Economics, 1990 – 1998

Professorial Lecturer, Department of Economics, 1984 – 1989

Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, University of

Massachusetts, Amherst, 1979 – 1985

Testimonial Experience
Various Congressional committees
U.S. District Court