Gender Differences in Patenting in the Academic Life Sciences

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Science  04 Aug 2006:
Vol. 313, Issue 5787, pp. 665-667
DOI: 10.1126/science.1124832

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We analyzed longitudinal data on academic careers and conducted interviews with faculty members to determine the scope and causes of the gender gap in patenting among life scientists. Our regressions on a random sample of 4227 life scientists over a 30-year period show that women faculty members patent at about 40% of the rate of men. We found that the gender gap has improved over time but remains large.

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