Gender Differences in Patenting in the Academic Life Sciences
Waverly W. Ding
University of Maryland - R.H. Smith School of Business
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Entrepreneurship Center
University of California, Berkeley - Haas School of Business; Harvard University - Entrepreneurial Management Unit
We analyze longitudinal data on academic careers and conduct interviews with faculty members to determine the scope and causes of the gender gap in patenting among life scientists over a 30-year period show that women faculty members patent at about 40 percent of the rate of men. We find that the gender gap has been improving over time, although it remains large.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 23
Keywords: Science, Females, Males, Gender, Patents, Academic research, Faculty, Colleges & universities, Inventors, Research productivity, Social networks, University-industry relations, Career choices
Date posted: September 4, 2008
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