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Three Essays on Innovation: Optimal Licensing Strategies, New Variety Adoption, and Consumer Preference in a Peer Network

Abstract It is well understood that innovation drives productivity growth in agriculture. Innovation, however, is a process that involves activities distributed throughout the supply chain. In this dissertation I investigate three topics that are at the core of the distribution and diffusion of innovation: optimal licensing of university-based inventions, new variety adoption among farmers, and consumers’ choice of new products within a social network environment.

University researchers assume an important role in innovation, particularly as a result of the Bayh-Dole Act, which allowed universities to license inventions funded by federal research dollars, to private industry. Aligning the incentives to innovate at the university level with the ... (more)
Created Date 2015
Contributor Fang, Di (Author) / Richards, Timothy J (Advisor) / Bolton, Ruth N (Committee member) / Grebitus, Carola (Committee member) / Manfredo, Mark (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Agriculture economics / Marketing / Business administration / Choice Modeling / Mozambique Study / Patent Licensing / Peer Effets / Social Network / Spatial Analysis
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 216 pages
Language English
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Note Doctoral Dissertation Business Administration 2015
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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