Hans K. Hvide, University of Bergen: University Innovation and the Professor's Privilege

Department seminar. Hans K. Hvide is a Professor of Economics and Finance at the University of Bergen. He will present a paper entitled "University Innovation and the Professor's Privilege", co-authored by Benjamin F. Jones.

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Hans K. Hvide. Photo: University of Bergen


National policies take varied approaches to encouraging university-based innovation. This paper studies a natural experiment: the end of the “professor’s privilege” in Norway, where university researchers previously enjoyed full rights to their innovations. Upon the reform, Norway moved toward the typical U.S. model, where the university holds majority rights. Using comprehensive data on Norwegian workers, firms, and patents, we find a 50% decline in both entrepreneurship and patenting rates by university researchers after the reform. Quality measures for university start-ups and patents also decline. Applications to literatures on university technology transfer, innovation incentives, and taxes and entrepreneurship are considered.

Read the paper here (.pdf)

Host: Manudeep Bhuller

Published Apr. 24, 2017 2:55 PM - Last modified Jan. 17, 2019 1:16 PM