The Survey of Industrial R&D - Patent Database Link Project

29 Pages Posted: 20 Aug 2008 Last revised: 1 Mar 2015

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William Kerr

Harvard University - Entrepreneurial Management Unit

Shihe Fu

Xiamen University - The Wang Yanan Institute for Studies in Economics (WISE)

Date Written: April 1, 2008

Abstract

This paper details the construction of a firm-year panel dataset combining the NBER Patent Dataset with the Survey of Industrial R&D conducted by the Census Bureau and National Science Foundation. The dataset constitutes a platform that offers an unprecedented view of the R&D-to-patenting innovation process and a close analysis of the strengths and limitations of the R&D survey. The files are linked through a name-matching algorithm customized for uniting the firm names to which patents are assigned with the firm names in Census Bureau's SSEL business registry. Through the Census Bureau's file structure, R&D can be linked to the operating performances of each firm's establishments, further facilitating innovation-to-productivity studies.

Keywords: innovation, research and development, patents, scientists, technology

JEL Classification: C81, O30, O31

Suggested Citation

Kerr, William R. and Fu, Shihe, The Survey of Industrial R&D - Patent Database Link Project (April 1, 2008). Journal of Technology Transfer, Vol. 33, No. 2, pp. 173-186, 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1229965

William R. Kerr (Contact Author)

Harvard University - Entrepreneurial Management Unit ( email )

Soldiers Field Road
Morgan 270C
Boston, MA 02163
United States

Shihe Fu

Xiamen University - The Wang Yanan Institute for Studies in Economics (WISE) ( email )

A 307, Economics Building
Xiamen, Fujian 361005
China

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