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Industry Funding of University Research and Scientific Productivity


Hanna Hottenrott


Heinrich Heine Universität Dusseldorf - Duesseldorf Institute for Competition Economics (DICE); Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW); KU Leuven - Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE)

Suzanne Thorwarth


Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KUL) - Faculty of Business and Economics

February 1, 2011


Abstract:     
University research provides valuable inputs to industrial innovation. It is therefore not surprising that private sector firms increasingly seek direct access through funding public R&D. This development, however, spurred concerns about possible negative long-run effects on scientific performance. While previous research mainly focused on a potential crowding-out of scientific publications through commercialization activities such as patenting or the formation of spin-off companies, we study the effects of direct funding from industry on professors’ publication and patenting efforts. Our analysis on a sample of 678 professors at 46 higher education institutions in Germany shows that a higher share of industry funding of a professor’s research budget results in a lower publication outcome both in terms of quantity and quality in subsequent years. For patents, we find that industry funding increases their quality measured by patent citations.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 30

Keywords: Scientific Productivity, Research Funding, Academic Patents, Technology Transfer

JEL Classification: O31, O32, O33

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Date posted: March 20, 2011  

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Hottenrott, Hanna and Thorwarth, Suzanne, Industry Funding of University Research and Scientific Productivity (February 1, 2011). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1786418 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1786418

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Hanna Hottenrott (Contact Author)
Heinrich Heine Universität Dusseldorf - Duesseldorf Institute for Competition Economics (DICE) ( email )
Universitaetsstr. 1
Duesseldorf, NRW 40225
Germany
Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) ( email )
P.O. Box 10 34 43
L 7,1
Mannheim, 68034
Germany
KU Leuven - Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) ( email )
Leuven, 3000
Belgium
Suzanne Thorwarth
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KUL) - Faculty of Business and Economics ( email )
Naamsestraat 69
Leuven, B-3000
Belgium
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