Creativity and the Family Tree: Human Capital Endowments and the Propensity of Entrepreneurs to Patent
AbstractIn this paper we show that the patenting behavior of creative entrepreneurs is correlated with the patenting behavior of their fathers, which we refer to as a source of the entrepreneurs’ human capital endowments. Our argument for this relationship follows from established theories of developmental creativity, and our empirical analysis is based on survey data collected from MIT’s Technology Review winners.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 11-15.
Length: 12 pages
Date of creation: 21 Sep 2011
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patents; entrepreneurship; human capital endowments;
Other versions of this item:
- Albert N. Link & Christopher J. Ruhm, 2011. "Creativity and the Family Tree: Human Capital Endowments and the Propensity of Entrepreneurs to Patent," NBER Working Papers 17441, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
- Link, Albert N. & Ruhm, Christopher J., 2011. "Creativity and the Family Tree: Human Capital Endowments and the Propensity of Entrepreneurs to Patent," IZA Discussion Papers 5988, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
- J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
- L26 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Entrepreneurship
- O34 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Technological Change; Research and Development; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Intellectual Property and Intellectual Capital
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2011-10-01 (All new papers)
- NEP-INO-2011-10-01 (Innovation)
- NEP-IPR-2011-10-01 (Intellectual Property Rights)
- NEP-SBM-2011-10-01 (Small Business Management)
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