DEBATE · Economics · Politics

James Bessen

“Don’t blame technology for persistent unemployment. A more likely culprit is the move to austerity in economic policy.”


James Bessen is an economist who studies technology and innovation policy. He has also been a successful innovator and CEO of a software company.

Currently, Bessen is a Lecturer in Law at the Boston University School of Law, where he heads a research project studying the impact of technology on the workforce and policy responses. This research has estimated how computer automation is affecting jobs and wages. Bessen’s book, Learning by Doing: The Real Connection between Innovation, Wages, and Wealth, looks at history to understand how new technologies affect wages and skills today.

Prior research on innovation and patents includes the book, Patent Failure, written with Michael Meurer. In this book, Bessen first documented the large economic damage caused by patent trolls; has been widely cited in the press as well as by the White House, the U.S. Supreme Court, judges at the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the Federal Trade Commission.

In 1983, Bessen developed the first commercially successful “what-you-see-is-what-you-get” PC publishing program, founding a company that delivered PC-based publishing systems to high-end commercial publishers.

Participation in CDI:

  • 2016

Follow James Bessen on


James Bessen's videos


Tickets 2020

Buy and/or activate your tickets

20th to the 22th of November 2020

Auditorio Metropolitano de Puebla

Sirio no. 2926, Reserva Territorial Atlixcáyotl-Quetzatcóatl, C.P. 72560, Pue. México.












  • Your access includes three conference days, a welcome kit and alternate activities.
  • Once the purchase is done, there are no transfers or refunds.
  • The dates of the event may change without prior notice.
  • The alternate activities are subject to availability and may change without prior notice.
  • A 60% discount is available for people with disabilities and senior citizens. This discount is subject to availability.

Prices valid until tickets lasts.

**Important: Your ID Badge is unique and non-transferable. We ask you to take care of it since there is no replacement.

If you require additional information, please contact us at +52 55 Our e-mail

Log in with your Ideasta profile

Ideasta, play unlimited contents of CDI, talk with other Ideastas and access to your profile when you register on our new website.

IMPORTANT: For this year alone, this profile will be alternate to the one you use to buy / activate tickets, if you have not registered yet, do it now and enjoy the CDI to the fullest!

If you want to buy or activate your tickets, register/log in on the registration page

I already have an Ideasta profile

I forgot my password

I want to create my Ideasta profile

Create your profile now