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Gender Differences in Patenting in the Academic Life Sciences

23 Pages Posted: 4 Sep 2008  

Waverly W. Ding

University of Maryland - R.H. Smith School of Business

Fiona Murray

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Entrepreneurship Center

Toby Stuart

University of California, Berkeley - Haas School of Business; Harvard University - Entrepreneurial Management Unit

Date Written: 2006

Abstract

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.

Keywords: Science, Females, Males, Gender, Patents, Academic research, Faculty, Colleges & universities, Inventors, Research productivity, Social networks, University-industry relations, Career choices

Suggested Citation

Ding, Waverly W. and Murray, Fiona and Stuart, Toby, Gender Differences in Patenting in the Academic Life Sciences (2006). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1260388 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1260388

Waverly W. Ding

University of Maryland - R.H. Smith School of Business ( email )

United States
301-405-1381 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.rhsmith.umd.edu/management/faculty/ding.aspx

Fiona E. Murray

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Entrepreneurship Center ( email )

United States

Toby E. Stuart (Contact Author)

University of California, Berkeley - Haas School of Business ( email )

545 Student Services Building, #1900
2220 Piedmont Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94720
United States

Harvard University - Entrepreneurial Management Unit ( email )

Cambridge, MA 02163
United States

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