Gender and productivity in biotechnology: Evidence from mexican scientists

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© 2014 Portland International Conference on Management of Engineering and Technology. In the innovation literature, it is widely recognized that women face a number of gender related barriers to succeed in scientific careers. Most women seeking to become scientists need to overcome not only professional hurdles but also personal and social obstacles. Nonetheless, in the last few years women have made strides in closing the gender gap, especially in life sciences. In Mexico, biotechnology is one of the few fields where women participate in large numbers. In particular, the School of Biological Sciences of the National Polytechnic Institute (ENCB-IPN) is one of the most prestigious academic colleges in the country, where women have a long tradition of being devoted to teaching and carrying out basic research. In this paper, we seek to identify how scientific activity is driven by gender factors by analyzing the role of Mexican female scientists from ENCB in pushing the knowledge frontier. By drawing in the Espacenet patent database we can identify how women interact with their male colleagues. Empirical findings suggest that most female scientists from ENCB patent in collaboration with male scientists, whereas with only a handful of them patenting alone.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages1433-1442
Number of pages1288
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StatePublished - 21 Sep 2015
EventPortland International Conference on Management of Engineering and Technology -
Duration: 21 Sep 2015 → …

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ConferencePortland International Conference on Management of Engineering and Technology
Period21/09/15 → …

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Merritt, H. (2015). Gender and productivity in biotechnology: Evidence from mexican scientists. 1433-1442. Paper presented at Portland International Conference on Management of Engineering and Technology, . https://doi.org/10.1109/PICMET.2015.7273059