Professor Feinstein is teaching Creativity & Innovation this spring.


Professor Feinstein will be giving a series of lectures on creativity and its management at the Innovation Institute in Zagreb, Croatia in June. 


Professor Feinstein is working on initial outlines of a manuscript on how creative conceptions shape the creative process.   The approach draws together examples, describe the features of guidance and value of conceptions, and shows their crucial role in the creative process, even if sometimes "behind the scenes."


 Watch Professor Feinstein's talk "Creativity & Complexity" at IMCIC in March 2015 here: .  He discusses individual creative development, and  modeling the creative development of fields. 


Read Professor Feinstein's blog on Creative Development for the Tory Burch Foundation:




Jonathan Feinstein studies creativity, specifically creative development. While it is common to focus on the moment of inspiration as the essence of creativity, he takes a more encompassing and organic approach, studying how creativity and innovation are generated through an unfolding process of development. His work focuses on understanding how an individual or team forms a creative focus, whether question or theme, then explores their focus, gathering elements from diverse sources, ultimately triggering new creative connections and insights. He is the author of The Nature of Creative Development which describes the process of creative development with many examples drawn from a wide range of fields. His work extends from individual creativity to the study of the development of fields. In his view many creative links go unrecognized and unappreciated:  In the winding path of a person's creative development there are many influences that are not evident in that person's ultimate creative work but were essential to its creation.

Jonathan's work focuses on linking creativity with knowledge representation.   He is developing models of how individuals form novel "creative circuits" that in turn enable them to spot new opportunities and creative connections.  Thus creativity emerges through a two-step process.

Professor Feinstein is committed to nurturing true creative development in educational and professional settings.  His class Creativity & Innovation is a longstanding favorite at Yale.  He lectures regularly on how to foster creative development in the classroom, focusing on unleashing creative development through exercises and sharing.

Beyond his work on creativity, Professor Feinstein is an expert in tax compliance, detection, and models of auditing and compliance. His contributions in this area include the econometric model detection controlled estimation, which has had considerable practical application, game theory models of compliance and auditing, and a widely cited review of the tax compliance field. He is also the author of a well known review of the relationship between socioeconomic status and health.

Image by Ariel Feinstein

Image by Ariel Feinstein

Recent Papers

A new version of Graduate Economics Teaching of Core Microeconomics: Diversity, Knowledge Clusters, and Job Placement is available now!  Click the link.


 The Creative Development of Fields: Learning, Creativity, Paths, Implications  builds a model of the creative development of a field through the series of creative contributions individuals make. It links economics with the field of knowledge representation.   This paper is published in the Journal of the Knowledge Economy 2015.