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Innovative activity and gender dynamics

Steven Bednar (), Dora Gicheva and Albert Link
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Steven Bednar: Elon University

Small Business Economics, 2021, vol. 56, issue 4, No 17, 1599 pages

Abstract: Abstract We explore the innovative performance of firms resulting from their Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) research-funded projects in terms of the gender dynamics of the firms. Using commercialization as the relevant performance metric, we find that Phase II projects led by a female principal investigator (PI) have greater probability of being commercialized in female-owned firms than in male-owned firms. This result is consistent with the findings from other settings that females tend to perform better when working under a female supervisor.

Keywords: Innovation; SBIR program; Gender gap; Principle investigator; J16; L26; O31; O38 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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