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My research examines effects of government policies on science-based innovation and entrepreneurial venturing, and seeks to inform strategies for improving participation and retention of individuals from groups underrepresented in the scientific workforce. As an economist, public policy analyst, data scientist, and entrepreneur, I believe solutions to our most pressing real-world problems require bringing together knowledge and skills from multiple disciplines. In my own work, I use econometrics, natural language text mining and machine learning, and other transdisciplinary approaches to conduct empirical research.


  • PhD, Policy Analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School, 2009
  • MS, Environmental Health Sciences, Program in Health, Environment & Development, University of California, Berkeley, 2002
  • BA, Economics, Williams College, 1996

Teaching Experience

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Economics
  • Gender in the Economy
  • Applied Econometrics
  • Public Economics
  • Seminar in Policy Evaluation

Other Institutions

  • Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA, 2015 - 2016
  • University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, 2010 - 2013
  • University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, 2009 - 2010

Selected Publications

Blume-Kohout ME. (2017) On What Basis? Seeking Effective Practices in Graduate STEM Education. Commissioned paper for National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Committee on Revitalizing Graduate STEM Education for the 21st Century.

Blume-Kohout ME. (2017) “Gender and Postgraduate Training Environments in STEM Fields Entrepreneurship,” in Gender and Entrepreneurial Activity, ed. Al Link. Edward Elgar.

Blume-Kohout ME, Adhikari D.* (2016) Training the Scientific Workforce: Does Funding Mechanism Matter? Research Policy, 45(6): 1291-1303. Featured in Science, April 2016.

Blume-Kohout ME. (2016) Why Are Some Foreign-Born Workers More Entrepreneurial Than Others? Journal of Technology Transfer, 41(6): 1327-1353.

Park J, Blume-Kohout ME, Krestel R, Nalisnick E, Smyth P. (2016) Analyzing NIH Funding Patterns over Time with Statistical Text Analysis. AAAI Workshop on Scholarly Big Data, February 2016.

Blume-Kohout ME. (2016) Imported Entrepreneurs: Foreign-Born Scientists and Engineers in U.S. STEM Fields Entrepreneurship. U.S. Small Business Administration, Office of Advocacy Report no. 432.

Blume-Kohout ME, Kumar K, Lau C,* Sood N. (2015) Effects of Federal Research Funding on Formation of University-Firm Biopharmaceutical Alliances. Journal of Technology Transfer, 40(5): 859-876.

Blume-Kohout ME, Kumar K, Sood N. (2015) University R&D Funding Strategies in a Changing Federal Funding Environment. Science & Public Policy, 42(3): 355-368.

Blume-Kohout ME, Leonard SR, Novak-Leonard JL. (2015) When Going Gets Tough: Barriers and Motivations Affecting Arts Attendance. National Endowment for the Arts, Office of Research and Analysis Research Report no. 59.

Blume-Kohout ME. (2014) Understanding the Gender Gap in STEM Fields Entrepreneurship. U.S. Small Business Administration, Office of Advocacy Report no. 424.

Blume-Kohout ME, Clack JW.* (2013) Are Graduate Students Rational? Evidence from the Market for Biomedical Scientists. PLoS ONE 8(12): e82759. Featured in Nature, January 2014.

Blume-Kohout ME, Sood N. (2013) Market Size and Innovation: Effects of Medicare Part D on Pharmaceutical Research and Development. Journal of Public Economics, 97:327-336.

Blume-Kohout ME. (2012) Does Targeted, Disease-Specific Public Research Funding Influence Pharmaceutical Innovation? Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 31(3): 641-660. Featured in Science Editor's Choice, June 2012.

Blume-Kohout ME, Hengartner NW. (2006) Insufficiency of the Uniform Mixing Assumption in Epidemic Models: A Cautionary Tale. Proceedings of the American Statistical Association, First Annual Conference on Quantitative Methods & Statistical Applications in Defense and National Security (SDNS).