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Data and Code for: Inventor Gender and the Direction of Invention

Version
V0
Resource Type
Dataset : aggregate data, observational data, program source code
Creator
  • Koning, Rembrand (Harvard Business School)
  • Samila, Sampsa (IESE Business School)
  • Ferguson, John-Paul (McGill University, Desautels Faculty of Management)
Publication Date
2020-09-10
Funding Reference
  • E.U. Horizon 2020 research Marie Sk¿lodowska-Curie
    • Award Number: 799330
  • Harvard Business School
Free Keywords
patents; innovation; gender; medical technology
Description
  • Abstract

    We study whether increasing the share of female inventors leads to more biomedical inventions that focus on the needs of women. After accounting for detailed disease-technology, disease-year, and technology-year fixed effects, we find that a 10 percentage-point increase in the share of female inventors in a research area yields 1.2 percentage points more female-focused patents. Notably, this effect only holds for female-led invention teams. Areas with a greater share of female inventors in supporting roles do not produce more female-focused inventions. For gender to impact the direction of invention, it appears that women must occupy positions of power.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1976-01-01 / 2010-12-31
    Time Period: Thu Jan 01 00:00:00 EST 1976--Fri Dec 31 00:00:00 EST 2010
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Availability
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This study is freely available to the general public via web download.
Relations
  • Has version
    DOI: 10.3886/E120799V1
Publications
  • Koning, Rembrand, Sampsa Samila, and John-Paul Ferguson. “Female Inventors and Inventions,” 2019. https://www.hbs.edu/faculty/Publication%20Files/19-124_2fa61fa0-ab1b-41f4-97eb-0f6fb65d4aee.pdf.
    • ID: https://www.hbs.edu/faculty/Publication%20Files/19-124_2fa61fa0-ab1b-41f4-97eb-0f6fb65d4aee.pdf (URL)
  • Koning, Rembrand, Sampsa Samila, and John-Paul Ferguson. “Inventor Gender and the Direction of Invention.” AEA Papers and Proceedings 110 (2020): 250–54. https://doi.org/10.1257/pandp.20201045.
    • ID: 10.1257/pandp.20201045 (DOI)

Update Metadata: 2020-09-14 | Issue Number: 1 | Registration Date: 2020-09-14

Koning, Rembrand; Samila, Sampsa; Ferguson, John-Paul (2020): Data and Code for: Inventor Gender and the Direction of Invention. Version: V0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.3886/E120799