Robin Gaster

Robin Gaster
Incumetrics Inc.

Dr. Gaster is president of Incumetrics Inc. and a visiting scholar at George Washington University. He is currently working on a book about Amazon for publication early in 2021.

Dr. Gaster’s primary interests lie in economic innovation metrics and assessment, small business and particularly startups, regional economic development, transformation in education, and the rise of the big technology companies. He is editor of the Great Disruption blog.

Between 2004 and 2017, Dr. Gaster was lead researcher on the National Academies multi-volume study of Small Business Innovation Research awards. He was responsible for drafting for 10 interrelated volumes of reports, as well for conducting the underlying primary research. He was also lead researcher theNational Academies study of the Manufacturing Extension Partnerships, and built a data analysis engine for the National Institute of Standards and Technology for comparing the innovation capacity of states and regions.

Consulting clients include the European Commission, the Saudi government, Deloitte and Touche, the Economist Intelligence Unit, TEKES (the Finnish National Technology Agency), VINNOVA (the Swedish National Technology Agency), and the Electric Power Research Institute, as well as many corporate clients such as Philips, Olivetti, Mitsubishi Research, and Dataquest, and think tanks and publications such as the Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy, Education Week, and the Economic Strategy Institute. His work has been published in Foreign Policy and The Atlantic

Dr. Gaster has founded several companies, primarily focused on aggregating and deploying electronic information, targeting local and industry-specific information services. These have involved extended partnerships with Deloitte and Touche and with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI).

Dr. Gaster received a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in 1985, an M.A. from the University of Kent (U.K.) in 1978, and a B.A. from Oxford University (U.K.) in 1976. His doctoral thesis won a national academic prize. He also won a congressional fellowship at the Office of Technology Assessment, and has been a fellow at the Economic Strategy Institute. A full biography is available on LinkedIn.

Recent Publications

May 4, 2020

As policymakers consider the value of small business innovation programs, they should understand that their returns on investment are considerably larger than conventional estimates indicate.