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Innovative Activity and Ethnic Dynamics: An Exploratory Study of Homophilic Relationships among Minority Entrepreneurs

Albert Link

No 23-6, UNCG Economics Working Papers from University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Department of Economics

Abstract: Homophily studies have tended to focus on gender and race. Albeit that these comparisons are important, a focus on ethnic group relationships is conspicuously absent in the literature. In an effort to begin to fill this void, homophilic ethnic relationships among firm owners and publicly funded research project principal investigators is considered in this paper. Using data on Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program funded projects and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program-funded projects, we find that the performance enhancing benefit of a homophilic relationship is dependent on the area of technology research. To the extent that the area of technology research is reflected in terms of the federal agency funding the research project, Department of Defense-funded projects are less enhanced by homophilic relationships than are research projects funded by other federal agencies.

Keywords: homophily; SBIR; STTR; project R&D; program performance (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H41 O22 O31 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 20 pages
Date: 2023-08-22
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