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Taste for Science, Academic Boundary Spanning and Inventive Performance of Scientists and Engineers in Industry

Sam Arts and Reinhilde Veugelers ()

No 12704, CEPR Discussion Papers from C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers

Abstract: Matching survey data on Ph.D. scientists and engineers currently working in an R&D job in industry with their publications and patents, we study the relationship between their individual traits and the nature of their inventive performance. We find that individuals with a strong taste for science, i.e. motivated by intellectual challenge, independence, and contribution to society, create more novel and impactful patents. Academic boundary spanning, proxied by scientific publications co-authored with academic scientists, mediates the effect of taste for science, but only partly and only on impact-weighted inventive output. For novelty of inventive output, we find no mediation through academic boundary spanning. Individuals with a strong taste for salary collaborate less with academic scientists, fully mediating the negative effect of taste for salary on impact-weighted inventive output.

Keywords: industry-science links; taste for science (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O31 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2018-02
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