University Life Science Programs and Agricultural Biotechnology

Posted: 14 Dec 2005

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Yin Xia

University of Missouri at Columbia - Agricultural and Applied Economics

Steven Buccola

Oregon State University - Department of Applied Economics

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Abstract

We examine sources of productivity in bioscience research and graduate training in U.S. universities. For this purpose, we first identify the scientific publications cited on agricultural biotechnology patents, and then trace the citations back to the universities producing the cited research. Insight is thus gained into the university investments that demonstrably influence useful technology. Life-science budget allocations substantially affect both graduate education and technology-relevant science. Graduate training shows decreasing returns to budget scale, while productive research shows decreasing returns in the short run but increasing returns in the long run. Training is a weak substitute for research, while research is a moderate complement to training.

Suggested Citation

Xia, Yin and Buccola, Steven, University Life Science Programs and Agricultural Biotechnology. American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 87, No. 1, pp. 229-243, February 2005, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=856481 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.0002-9092.2005.00714.x

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