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Universities as Research Partners

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  • Bronwyn H. Hall

    (University of California at Berkeley)

  • Albert N. Link

    (NBER, University of North Carolina at Greensboro)

  • John T. Scott

    (Dartmouth College)

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Universities are a key institution in the U.S. innovation system, and an important aspect of their involvement is the role they play in public-private partnerships. This note offers insights into the performance of industry-university research partnerships, using a survey of precommercial research projects funded by the Advanced Technology Program. Although results must be interpreted cautiously because of the small size of the sample, the study finds that projects with university involvement tend to be in areas involving new science and therefore experience more difficulty and delay, yet are more likely not to be aborted prematurely. Our interpretation is that universities are contributing to basic research awareness and insight among the partners in ATP-funded projects. © 2003 President and Fellows of Harvard College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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  • Bronwyn H. Hall & Albert N. Link & John T. Scott, 2003. "Universities as Research Partners," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, vol. 85(2), pages 485-491, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:tpr:restat:v:85:y:2003:i:2:p:485-491
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