Introducing Jean-Frédéric Morin

“Diversity is a strength”. This is more than a political slogan: it is empirical fact. Heterogeneity favors innovation, which is crucial for adaptability. This is obvious to ecologists but it is also true in the social sciences. People with diverse social connections are more likely to file a patent, employees bridging social gaps within their company are assessed as more innovative by their managers, and artists connecting different cultural references are associated with higher ratings. I try to make diversity an organizing principle for my research on international institutions. I work on various types of institutions (trade agreements, environmental...

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