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Gender Differences in Patenting in the Academic Life Sciences

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

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Abstract

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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