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Innovative Activity and Gender Dynamics

Steven Bednar, Dora Gicheva and Albert Link

No 19-11, UNCG Economics Working Papers from University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Department of Economics

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 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J16 O31 O38 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 22 pages
Date: 2019-09-15
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