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University patenting and scientific productivity. A quantitative study of Italian academic inventors

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  • Stefano Breschi

    (Cespri, Bocconi University, Milano, Italy.)

  • Francesco Lissoni

    (Cespri, Bocconi University, Milano; Università degli studi di Brescia, Italy.)

  • Fabio Montobbio

    (Cespri, Bocconi University, Milano; Università degli studi dell’Insubria, Varese,Italy.)

Abstract

Based on longitudinal data for a matched sample of 592 Italian academic inventors and controls, the paper explores the impact of patenting on university professors’ scientific productivity, as measured by publication and citation counts. Academic inventors (university professors who appear as designated inventors on at least one patent application) publish more and better quality papers than their colleagues with no patents, and increase their productivity after patenting. Endogeneity problems are addressed using instrumental variables and applying inverse probability of treatment weights. The beneficial effect of patenting on publication rates last longer for academic inventors with more than one patent.

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Paper provided by KITeS, Centre for Knowledge, Internationalization and Technology Studies, Universita' Bocconi, Milano, Italy in its series KITeS Working Papers with number 189.

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Length: pages 32
Date of creation: Nov 2006
Date of revision: Nov 2006
Handle: RePEc:cri:cespri:wp189

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Keywords: scientific productivity; university patents; technology transfer.;

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  1. James Adams & Zvi Griliches, 1996. "Measuring Science: An Exploration," Harvard Institute of Economic Research Working Papers 1749, Harvard - Institute of Economic Research.
  2. Jerry A. Hausman & Bronwyn H. Hall & Zvi Griliches, 1984. "Econometric Models for Count Data with an Application to the Patents-R&D Relationship," NBER Technical Working Papers 0017, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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