Frank Neffke: “The emergence and changing organization of teams in US invention”

Apr 08, 2022 | 10:0011:00

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CSH team leader Frank Neffke will give an open online lecture within the framework of the ANET Lab Seminar Series, organized by the Agglomeration & Social Network Research Lab (ANET Lab) in Budapest/Hungary.


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We study the emergence of teamwork in invention in the United States in the 19th and 20th century, a time in which the US transitioned from a predominantly agricultural economy to the frontier in science and technology. To do so, we create a new dataset that extracts names and locations of inventors from patent records and merges them to US census records.


We find that the nature of technology, as well as the organization of invention, shifts from mostly artisanal approaches to highly organized innovation efforts.


Apr 08, 2022