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University patenting and scientific productivity. A quantitative study of Italian academic inventors

Stefano Breschi (), Francesco Lissoni () and Fabio Montobbio ()

No 189, KITeS Working Papers from KITeS, Centre for Knowledge, Internationalization and Technology Studies, Universita' Bocconi, Milano, Italy

Abstract: Based on longitudinal data for a matched sample of 592 Italian academic inventors and controls, the paper explores the impact of patenting on university professors’ scientific productivity, as measured by publication and citation counts. Academic inventors (university professors who appear as designated inventors on at least one patent application) publish more and better quality papers than their colleagues with no patents, and increase their productivity after patenting. Endogeneity problems are addressed using instrumental variables and applying inverse probability of treatment weights. The beneficial effect of patenting on publication rates last longer for academic inventors with more than one patent.

Keywords: scientific productivity; university patents; technology transfer. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O34 O31 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-edu, nep-eff, nep-ino, nep-ipr, nep-pr~ and nep-sog
Date: 2006-11, Revised 2006-11
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