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Team-specific capital and innovation

Xavier Jaravel, Neviana Petkova and Alex Bell

LSE Research Online Documents on Economics from London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library

Abstract: We establish the importance of team-specific capital in the typical inventor's career. Using administrative tax and patent data for the population of US patent inventors from 1996 to 2012, we find that an inventor's premature death causes a large and long-lasting decline in their co-inventor's earnings and citation-weighted patents (–4 percent and –15 percent after 8 years, respectively). After ruling out firm disruption, network effects, and top-down spillovers as main channels, we show that the effect is driven by close-knit teams and that team-specific capital largely results from an "experience" component increasing collaboration value over time.

JEL-codes: J24 J31 M54 O31 O34 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2018-04-01
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Published in American Economic Review, 1, April, 2018, 108(4-5), pp. 1034-73. ISSN: 0002-8282

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