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1 If Star Scientists do not patent: The Effect of Productivity, Basicness and Impact on The Decision to Patent in the Academic World *Mario Calderini, *Chiara Franzoni e **Andrea Vezzulli *DISPEA, Politecnico di Torino, Turin **CESPRI, Università Commerciale L. Bocconi, Milan
2 Academic Patenting. Rivalry vs. Complementarity Hp the pursuit of market goals may favor a re-arrangement of academic research agendas in favor of short-term exploitable trajectories of researchthe rules of market competition may not be compatible with the social norms of priority and free circulation of knowledge (Dasgupta and David, 1985; Heller and Eisenberg, 1998)COMPLEMENTARITYfeedback from industrial work may be so rich to enable advances in knowledge or raise new quests for fundamental inquires (Rosemberg, 1982; Mansfield, 1995)Pasteur’s Quadrant: in some areas considerations of use and fundamental understanding can be pursued at the same time (Stokes, 1997)
3 Empirical Evidence CROSS-SECTION: most productive scientists in terms of publications are also more productive in terms of patents (Agrawal and Henderson, 2002; Stephan et al., 2007; Van Looy et al., 2004; Carayol, 2007)LONGITUDINAL:academic inventors are likely to experience a (temporary) increase in number of articles published in coincidence withthe patent event (Azoulay et al., 2006; Breschi et al., 2007).patents are preceded by a flurry of publications (Azoulay et al., 2007), although propensity might be decrease for stars (Calderini et al., 2007).FIELDS:Life Sciences, Computer Sciences, Engineering, Physics, ChemistryOPEN ISSUES:Quality? How about ENGINEERING vs. SCIENCE?
4 Sample and DataSAMPLENames of 1323 Italian publicly-funded scientists in 2001Material SciencesDATALongitudinal data on all publications (ISI) and patents(EPO/USPTO) made by each scientist from the age of 231970 – 200120,856 scientific papers published941 journals: Impact Factor (JCR) and Level (Chi/research report)305 patents assigned to academic inventorsPolitecnico di Torino
5 # Inventors and # Patents per type of assignee 83–87% patents (accounting for 80-81% inventors) was assigned to a firm (academic privilege)“serial inventors”Politecnico di Torino
6 Variables: Productivity, Basicness, Impact PRODUCTIVITY: 3-years moving average of the number of articles published by each individualBASICNESS: 3-years moving average of the rank (Level) of the journals where the individual publishedIMPACT: 3-years moving average of the Impact Factor of the journals where the individual publishedPolitecnico di Torino
7 PRODUCTIVITY: 3-years moving average of the number of articles published by each individual Politecnico di Torino
8 BASICNESS: 3-years moving average of the rank (Level) of the journals where the individual published Politecnico di Torino
9 IMPACT: 3-years moving average of the Impact Factor of the journals where the individual published Politecnico di Torino
10 Model estimateProportional Hazard assumption (hp: all individuals have identical shape of hazard).Estimate by Partial Likelihood method (Cox, 1972), which avoids imposing a specific distribution for T (baseline cancels out).Politecnico di Torino
11 Results: all publication indicators have a curvilinear effect on the probability of experiencing an eventPolitecnico di Torino
12 Results: all publication indicators have a curvilinear effect on the probability of experiencing an eventIndep var: li (t)Obs (131 failures)productivity0.219(0.090)**productivity^2(0.009)basicness0.758(0.247)***basicness^2(0.063)impact0.365(0.176)impact^2(0.043)Politecnico di Torino
13 Results: publication&basicness and publiation&impact have a threshold effect on the probability of experiencing an eventPolitecnico di Torino
14 Results: Effect of Productivity & Basicness and Productivity & Impact Indep var: li (t)Obs (131 failures)productivity (+45%)0.374(0.141)***basicness (+18%)0.163(0.069)**prod x basic (-11%)(0.045)productivity (+18%)0.166(0.066)impact (+20%)0.179(0.074)prod x impact (-8%)(0.034)Politecnico di Torino
15 Productivity_Basicness and Productivity_Impact Effects Politecnico di Torino
16 Curvilinear effects BASICNESS IMPACT Threshold 3.49 – 77th centile Threshold th centilePolitecnico di Torino
17 Other results. Male gender: +140% hazard, but not significant for restricted event of patenting with a firm.. No time/cohort effect: probability to patent has not changed over time.. Experience of TTOs increases the hazard to patent.. Probability to patent is higher in low-industry environments.. Probability to patent with firms decreases with the size of institutions.. Estimates on the restricted event to patent with a firm confirm all curvilinear effects.Politecnico di Torino
18 Restricted event to patent with a firm: all curvilinear effects hold Indep var: li (t)(106 failures)productivity0.264(0.099)***productivity^2(0.010)**basicness1.070(0.271)basicness^2(0.069)impact0.400(0.186)impact^2(0.043)Politecnico di Torino
19 Restricted event to patent with a firm. All results hold Restricted event to patent with a firm. All results hold. Effects increse in magnitudo.Indep var: li (t)(106 failures)Productivity (+53%)0.427(0.146)***basicness (+20%)0.181(0.077)**prod X basicness (-12%)(0.048)productivity (+20%)0.184(0.071)Impact (+23%)0.209(0.076)prod x impact (-8%)(0.034)Politecnico di Torino
20 Conclusions. Performances of scientists are a strong predictor of the likelihood to patent.. All bibliometric indicators had a curvilinear effect: are there different career trajectories?i) low to medium levels of the indicators: any increase in performances increases the probability to patent:(e.g. higher productivity=more results to exploit; higher impact=higher reputation&visibility; higher level=more pervasive results)ii) high levels of the indicators: any increase in performances decreases the probability to patent:(e.g. higher productivity, higher impact, higher basicness= more funds for untargeted research)Strength of those effects may depend on: national system of research funding, technological regimes, type of firms in the region.Politecnico di Torino
21 Discipline counts? Research Hypothesis not all disciplines earn equal benefits from serving practical ends.Whereas science is aimed at the understanding of phenomena, engineering is applied in scope, i.e. aims to solve problems of industrial (practical) relevance, although by means of a rigorous scientific method (see Walter G. Vincenti, 1990).NB: Here “applied” is used in its epistemological, rather than hierarchical meaning. Investigation is scoped to problems, but the process of knowledge creation may not necessarily be deductive (from basic disciplines), as the conventional wisdom suggests.HP: working on practical problems such as those posed by inventing a new functional tool can be in principle more fertile of ideas for engineering than for science.
22 Dataset: Patents83–87% patents (80% inventors) was assigned to a firm“serial inventors”Kruskal-Wallis Test confirms equality of populations fortotal patents invented in the overall observation period
23 Dataset: Chemists vs. Engineers The majority of our materials scientists was a chemist or an engineer of materials. We run separate analysis for subgroups.
24 Modeling dependent Variables: A. QUANTITY number of publications (3 models) B. BASICNESS number of basic publications(IpIQ basicness index=4)C. IMPACT impact factorIndependent Variables: postpat dummy=1 if invented in previous yearControls: gender, region of affiliation, seniority, experience of TTO, field, coauthorship)PROBLEMS IN DATA TREATMENTEndogeneity > Inverse prob. of treatment weights (Azoulay et al., 2006; Breschi et al., 2006)A and B are positive integers with excess zeros > Zero inflated NegbinC can be measured only when publications are not zero (left truncation) > Heckman selection equationPatterns of publications are Subfield-specific. Consequently, each indicator in was normalized by subfield in the multivariate analysis.
25 Analysis .A: Publications QUANTITY:1. count of publications > Zero Infl NegBin2. log[publications+1] > OLS Fixed Effects3. as in 2, but publications are weighted by coauthorsCoefficients estimated for postpat (dummy=1 if author patented in the previous yearComparison of 3 alternative model estimatesZINB(Dep var: postpat)OLS_FE(Dep var: Lpubl)OLS_FE weighted for co-authors (Dep var: lpubl)ALL0.0180.086**0.037*ENGINEERS0.669**0.278*0.542CHEMISTS-0.216**-0.027**-0.329***
26 Analysis B: Number of basic publications (Level 4 IpIQ journals) BASICNESS:1. after patent dummy (postpat) > Zero Infl NegBin2. log[publbas+1] (lpublbas4) > OLS Fixed Effects3. as in 2, but basic publs are weighted by coauth.Coefficients estimated for postpat (dummy=1 if author patented in the previous yearComparison of 3 alternative model estimatesZINB(Dep var: publbas4)OLS_FE(Dep var: Lpublbas4)OLS_FE weighted for co-authors (Dep var: lpublbas4)ALL-0.090-0.021-0.019ENGINEERS-0.360-0.004-0.015CHEMISTS-0.451**-0.072**-0.372***
27 Analysis C: Impact (Journal Impact Factor) IMPACT: standardized Impact Factor (stdifac) :[(IF-mean(IF)/std.dev(IF)] > Heckman (postpat)Coefficient estimate for postpat (dummy=1 if author patented in the previous year)Inverse Probability of Treatment WeightedHeckman selection equation. Standardized Impact Factor, conditional to having made at least one publications(accounts for left truncation at zero)HECKMAN_ML(Dep var: postpat)ALL0.159***ENGINEERS0.281**CHEMISTS0.080
28 When separated into subfields, ConclusionsOur estimate of the post-patent productivity, impact and basicness of publications of a sample of Italian Material Scientists showed that:In the overall sample, productivity is not affected (or slightly positively affected) by patentingWhen separated into subfields,Engineers experience an increase of publications after patentingChemists experience a decrease of publications after patentingEngineers experience an increase of Impact Factor and hold basic publications unchanged.Chemists experience a decrease of basic journal publications, and hold Impact Factor unchanged.The increase of IF occurs at negative marginal return (neutralized after the 4th patent), but this effect is unlikely to occur in practice