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Delay and secrecy: Does industry sponsorship jeopardize disclosure of academic research?

  • Czarnitzki, Dirk
  • Grimpe, Christoph
  • Toole, Andrew A.

The viability of modern open science norms and practices depend on public disclosure of new knowledge, methods, and materials. Aggregate data from the OECD show a broad shift in the institutional financing structure that supports academic research from public to private sponsorship. This paper examines the relationship between industry sponsorship and restrictions on disclosure using individual-level data on German academic researchers. Accounting for selfselection into extramural sponsorship, our evidence strongly supports the perspective that industry sponsorship jeopardizes public disclosure of academic research.

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Paper provided by ZEW - Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung / Center for European Economic Research in its series ZEW Discussion Papers with number 11-009.

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Date of creation: 2011
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Handle: RePEc:zbw:zewdip:11009
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