nep-sog New Economics Papers
on Sociology of Economics
Issue of 2006‒02‒05
two papers chosen by
Jonas Holmstrom
Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration

  1. What do we think are the most important journals in regional science? By Gunther Maier
  2. Academic Patenting vs. Industry Patenting: The case of biotechnology. By Eleftherios Sapsalis; Bruno Van Pottelsberghe; Ran Navon

  1. By: Gunther Maier
    Abstract: This paper reports the results of a survey about important journals in regional science. A web-based survey among regional scientists produces results about their opinion about the quality and reputation of regional science journals. The results are analyzed for stability over various characteristics of respondents like age, affiliation, nationality, main area of specialication, etc. The results are also compared to those derived from an analysis of publication records, citations and impact factors.
    Date: 2005–08
  2. By: Eleftherios Sapsalis (Centre Emile Bernheim, Solvay Business School, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels); Bruno Van Pottelsberghe (Centre Emile Bernheim, Solvay Business School, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels); Ran Navon (Solvay Business School, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels)
    Abstract: This paper compares corporate and academic patents in order to test whether the sectors apply for patents with similar values and similar determinants of value. The determinants of patent value are mainly related to the identification of institutional sources of knowledge. The results show that : (i) the value distributions show a similar skewness for both corporate and academic patents; (ii) the determinants of patent value are broadly similar, except for incremental inventions arising from the academic sector; (iii) co-applications with other public institutions is worth it only for universities. The policy implications suggested by these results are the positive impact of collaborative R&D, and the need to focus on researchers with a high scientific profile in terms of publications in order to crystallize their scientific expertise -or tacit knowledge- into high value patents. These conclusions hold for both the academic and corporate sectors.
    Keywords: Patent value, biotechnology, academic patenting.
    JEL: L33 O33 O34
    Date: 2005–07

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