Ivan PNG

Distinguished Professor
Ph.D. (Business, Stanford University)
B.A. (Economics, Cambridge University)
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Research Areas

Research Interests

  • Economics of productivity
  • Economics of innovation


Dr. Png is a Distinguished Professor and Professor of Strategy and Policy, Economics, and Information Systems at the National University of Singapore (NUS). From 2001-03, he was Vice Provost for Graduate and Undergraduate Education, and 2000-01, Dean of the School of Computing. Previously, Dr. Png was with the Anderson School, University of California, Los Angeles (Assistant Professor 1985-90, Associate Professor 1990-95, Professor 1995-96). He has also taught at the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology. Dr. Png was a Nominated Member of Parliament of Singapore from 2005 - 2006. He was a member of the Trustworthy Computing Academic Advisory Board of Microsoft Corporation from 2006-2010 and an independent director of Hyflux Water Trust Management Pte Ltd from 2007-2011, and Healthway Medical Corporation Ltd from 2008-2011.

Current Projects

  • Service Productivity
  • IP rights and innovation

Selected Publications

  • U.S. R&D, 1975-1998: A New Dataset, Strategic Management Journal, Vol. 40 No. 5, May 2019, 715-735.

  • Secrecy and Patents: Theory and Evidence from the Uniform Trade Secrets Act, Strategy Science, Vol. 2 No. 3, September 2017, 176-193.

  • Sunk Cost Fallacy and Driving the World's Most Expensive Cars, with Teck-hua Ho and Sadat Reza, Management Science, Vol. 64 No. 4, April 2018, 1761-1778.

  • Law and Innovation: Evidence from State Trade Secrets LawsReview of Economics and Statistics, Vol. 99 No. 1, March 2017, 167-179.

  • Engineer/Scientist Careers: Patents, Online Profiles, and Misclassification Bias, with Chunmian Ge and Huang Ke Wei, Strategic Management Journal, Vol. 37 No. 1, January 2016, 232-253.

  • Privacy and Marketing Externalities: Evidence from Do Not Call , with Goh Khim Yong and Hui Kai Lung, Management Science, Vol. 61 No. 2 (December 2015), 2982-3000.

  • Research Note -- Migration of Service to the Internet: Evidence from a Federal Natural Experiment, with Kai-lung Hui, Information Systems Research, Vol. 26 No. 3, September 2015,  606–618 

  • Patent rights and economic growth: Evidence from cross-country panels of manufacturing industries , with Albert G.Z. Hu, Oxford Economic Papers, Vol. 65 No. 3, July 2013, 675-698.

  • Buyer Uncertainty and Two-Part Pricing: Theory and Applications, with Hao Wang, Management Science, Vol. 56, No. 2, February 2010, 334-342.

  • Information Security: Facilitating User Precautions Vis-a-Vis Enforcement Against Attackers, with Qiu-hong Wang, Journal of Management Information Systems, Vol. 26 No. 2, Fall 2009, 97-122

  • Consumer Privacy and Marketing Avoidance : A Static Model, with Il-Horn Hann, Kai-Lung Hui, S.Y.T. Lee, Management Science, Vol.54 No 6, 2008.

Awards & Honours

Teaching (2020/2021)