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Dudley, Léonard

Honorary Professor



Dudley, Léonard


Leonard Dudley, born in Vancouver in 1943, studied political science and economics as an undergraduate at the University of Toronto. He then took his PhD in Economics at Yale University, where he completed a thesis on learning by doing, under Richard R. Nelson in 1970. Since then, at the Université de Montréal, his main research interest has been technological change. His 1991 book, The Word and the Sword, studied the impact of innovation in information and military technology on the evolution of the state. More recently, in a series of articles, he has examined the theory and empirical evidence of the effects of information technology on economic growth, on political institutions and on international trade.




  •  "Religion, Politics and Luck: Explaining the Rise of Sustained Innovation", Homo Oeconomicus, 25:1 (2008), 55-90.
  •  "The Great Realignment: How Factor-Biased Innovation Reshaped Comparative Advantage in the US and Japan, 1970-1992″, Japan and the World Economy, 19 (2007), 112-132, with Johannes Moenius.
  •  "Arms and the Man: World War I and the Rise of the Welfare State", Kyklos, 57:4 (2004), 475-504, with Ulrich Witt.