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

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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.

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DOI https://doi.org/10.3886/E120799
Metadata Access https://www.da-ra.de/oaip/oai?verb=GetRecord&metadataPrefix=oai_dc&identifier=oai:oai.da-ra.de:767038
Provenance
Creator Koning, Rembrand; Samila, Sampsa; Ferguson, John-Paul
Publisher ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research
Contributor E.U. Horizon 2020 research Marie Sk¿lodowska-Curie; Harvard Business School
Publication Year 2020
Rights Download; This study is freely available to the general public via web download.
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Contact ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research
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Resource Type Dataset; aggregate data, observational data, program source code
Discipline Social Sciences