The Productivity of French Technology Transfer Offices After Government Reforms

Applied Economics 47 (28), pp. 3008-3019

Posted: 24 Feb 2013 Last revised: 3 Sep 2016

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Claudia Curi

Free University of Bolzano-Bozen, Faculty of Economics and Management

Cinzia C. Daraio

Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna di Pisa - Laboratory of Economics and Management (LEM); Institute for Informatics and Telematics (IIT CNR)

Patrick Llerena

BETA - University of Strasbourg

Date Written: February 12, 2015

Abstract

This paper assesses the performance in technology transfer operated by the French university system adopting a Malmquist approach within an inferential setting. It investigates an original and unique database of French TTOs over their first development time. We find an overall weak increase in productivity, driven by technology and organisational improvement related to a small number of TTOs. More specifically, most TTOs show a stable innovative behaviour (i.e. no significant technical change) and only half of the system experiences a decline in efficiency change suggesting the lack of one best business model able to fit the entire system. Finally, we find that, on average, the presence of university-related hospital dampens TTOs' efficiency and TTO's seniority has a positive effect on productivity, enhancing simultaneously efficiency and innovation.

Keywords: Technology Transfer Offices (TTOs), French University System, Malmquist Index, Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA), Bootstrap

JEL Classification: D24. I29, O32

Suggested Citation

Curi, Claudia and Daraio, Cinzia C. and Llerena, Patrick, The Productivity of French Technology Transfer Offices After Government Reforms (February 12, 2015). Applied Economics 47 (28), pp. 3008-3019, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2221792 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2221792

Claudia Curi (Contact Author)

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Cinzia C. Daraio

Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna di Pisa - Laboratory of Economics and Management (LEM) ( email )

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Patrick Llerena

BETA - University of Strasbourg ( email )

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