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An Analysis of Productive Efficiency of University Commercialization Activities

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  • Thursby, J.G.
  • Kemp, S.

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In this paper, we examine the productivity of commercial activity by US universities in the past six years. While it is generally acknowledged that there has been a dramatic increase in university licensing and patenting, there is little understanding as to the extent to which this is the result of increased resources devoted to commercialization or to technical change in commercialization, where technical change has the standard definition of any increase in outputs that cannot be attributed to an increase in inputs.

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Paper provided by Purdue University, Department of Economics in its series Purdue University Economics Working Papers with number 1111.

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Length: 21 pages
Date of creation: Jul 1998
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Handle: RePEc:pur:prukra:1111

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Keywords: UNIVERSITIES ; PRODUCTIVITY;

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  1. Donald Siegel & David Waldman & Albert Link, 1999. "Assessing the Impact of Organizational Practices on the Productivity of University Technology Transfer Offices: An Exploratory Study," NBER Working Papers 7256, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  2. Richard Jensen & Marie Thursby, 1998. "Proofs and Prototypes for Sale: The Tale of University Licensing," NBER Working Papers 6698, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  3. Siegel, Donald S. & Waldman, David & Link, Albert, 2003. "Assessing the impact of organizational practices on the relative productivity of university technology transfer offices: an exploratory study," Research Policy, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 32(1), pages 27-48, January.
  4. Marie Thursby & Richard Jensen, 2001. "Proofs and Prototypes for Sale: The Licensing of University Inventions," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, American Economic Association, vol. 91(1), pages 240-259, March.

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