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If Star Scientists do not Patent: an Event History Analysis of Scientific Eminence and the Decision to Patent in the Academic World

Mario Calderini (), Chiara Franzoni and Andrea Vezzulli ()

No 169, KITeS Working Papers from KITeS, Centre for Knowledge, Internationalization and Technology Studies, Universita' Bocconi, Milano, Italy

Abstract: This paper contributes to the debate upon the trade-off between science and technology by looking at how the scientific performances of a researcher relate ex-ante to his/her attitude to patent, during his/her academic career. We run an event history analysis explaining the hazard for a scientist to become the inventor of a private-company -assigned patent as depending on publications and on personal, institutional and environmental characteristics. A striking result is that, although either productivity or quality, independently taken, are likely to increase the hazard to patent, top performers scientists, i.e. those scientists that publish a lot on highly-rated journals, are at very low risk.

Keywords: Academic patenting; Research funding; Technology transfer (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O31 O34 O38 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-sog and nep-tid
Date: 2005-06, Revised 2005-06
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