Akira Goto is a Professor emeritus at the University of Tokyo, an Economic Adviser to the Japan Patent Office, and a former Faculty Fellow at the Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI). Previously, he was a Commissioner at the Fair Trade Commission, Government of Japan from 2007 to 2012. He also was a Professor at the University of Tokyo, Hitotsubashi University, Seikei University, and the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from Hitotsubashi University.
His research interests focus on economics of innovation and economics of competition policy including national innovation systems, intellectual property rights, university-industry cooperation, and issues at the nexus of innovation and competition policy. He has published numerous papers in academic journals and books on these subjects including Review of Economics and Statistics, European Economic Review, Japanese Economic Review and Oxford Review of Economic Policy. He was the Project Leader of The Role of Public Research Institutions in the Japanese National Innovation System project at RIETI.