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Fathers’ patenting behavior and the propensity of offspring to patent: an intergenerational analysis

  • Albert Link

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  • Christopher Ruhm

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In this paper we show that the patenting behavior of innovators is correlated with the patenting behavior of their fathers. Our argument for exploring this relationship stems from established theories of entrepreneurial behavior, specifically theories on intergenerational behavior. Our empirical analyses are based on survey data collected from MIT’s Technology Review (TR) winners. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013

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Volume (Year): 38 (2013)
Issue (Month): 3 (June)
Pages: 332-340

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