Jonathan S. Feinstein

John G. Searle Professor of Economics and Management

Jonathan Feinstein is interested in creativity and innovation, and the paths of creative development of creative individuals, including entrepreneurs, inventors, artists and scientists. He is the author of The Nature of Creative Development (Stanford University Press, 2006). His class The Practice and Management of Creativity & Innovation was featured in the BusinessWeek Online article, "Creativity Comes to B-Schools" in the spring of 2006. His current work focuses on formal models of creativity and the development of creative fields, linking economics with knowledge representation. He is also interested in creativity in the field of education. In addition to his class on creativity & innovation, Professor Feinstein teaches the electives Public Sector Economics and Statistical Modeling and runs the math bootcamp for incoming students. Professor Feinstein is an expert in the field of tax compliance and the analysis of audit and detection processes, and has written with Professor Ed Kaplan on counter-terrorism. He is also a director of the Yale Center for Business and the Environment.


  • PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1987
  • BA, Stanford University, 1982


Public Sector Economics (Part 1)
MGT 821
Creativity & Innovation
MGT 828
Statistical Modeling
MGT 829
Public Sector Economics (Part 2)
MGT 823
Design & Innovation
MGT 824


Selected Books

J. Feinstein
Stanford Business Books

Selected Articles

J. S. Feinstein
Kindai Management Review
E. H. Kaplan and J. S. Feinstein
Military Operations Research
J. S. Feinstein and E. H. Kaplan
Public Choice
J. Feinstein
American Economic Review Paper and Proceedings
J. S. Feinstein and E. H. Kaplan
Journal of Conflict Resolution