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dc.contributor.author García-Quevedo, José es_ES
dc.contributor.author Mas Verdú, Francisco es_ES
dc.contributor.author Polo-Otero, José es_ES
dc.date.accessioned 2014-06-10T15:02:28Z
dc.date.issued 2012-05
dc.identifier.issn 0018-1560
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10251/38047
dc.description.abstract [EN] PhD graduates hold the highest education degree, are trained to conduct research and can be considered a key element in the creation, commercialization and diffusion of innovations. The impact of PhDs on innovation and economic development takes place through several channels such as the accumulation of scientific capital stock, the enhancement of technology transfers and the promotion of cooperation relationships in innovation processes. Although the placement of PhDs in industry provides a very important mechanism for transmitting knowledge from universities to firms, information about the characteristics of the firms that employ PhDs is very scarce. The goal of this paper is to improve understanding of the determinants of the demand for PhDs in the private sector. Three main potential determinants of the demand for PhDs are considered: cooperation between firms and universities, R&D activities of firms and several characteristics of firms, size, sector, productivity and age. The results from the econometric analysis show that cooperation between firms and universities encourages firms to recruit PhDs and point to the existence of accumulative effects in the hiring of PhD graduates. es_ES
dc.description.sponsorship The authors thank the Alto Consejo Consultivo en I?D of the Generalitat Valenciana and IMPIVA for facilitating access to the survey on which this article is based and, particularly, Manuel Lo´pez Estornell and Emilio Cubel for preparing the questionnaire and the sample. We are grateful for the support of the CYD Foundation. Jose Garcia-Quevedo gratefully acknowledges support from the Spanish Ministry of Science and Education (ECO2010-16934) and from the Generalitat of Catalonia (2009SGR102). Francisco Mas-Verdu´ thanks the Spanish Ministry of Science and Education (Projects ECO2008-04708/ECON and ECO2010-16934). Previous versions of this paper were presented in the EUNIP International Workshop on the Role of Academic Research in Territorial Economic Development Processes (San Sebastian, Spain, November, 2009), in a academic seminar in Ingenio, CSIC-UPV (Valencia, Spain, December, 2009) and in the First Conference of the International Network of Business and Management Journals (INBAM, Valencia, Spain, June 2010). We are grateful for all the comments from participants and particularly to Adela Garcia and Joaquı´n Ma Azagra.
dc.language Inglés es_ES
dc.publisher Springer Verlag (Germany) es_ES
dc.relation GC/2009SGR102 es_ES
dc.relation MEC/ECO2008-04708/ECON es_ES
dc.relation MEC/ECO2010-16934
dc.relation.ispartof Higher Education es_ES
dc.rights Reserva de todos los derechos es_ES
dc.subject PhD es_ES
dc.subject University es_ES
dc.subject R&D es_ES
dc.subject Technology transfer es_ES
dc.subject.classification ECONOMIA APLICADA es_ES
dc.title Which firms want PhDs? An analysis of the determinants of the demand es_ES
dc.type Artículo es_ES
dc.embargo.lift 10000-01-01
dc.embargo.terms forever es_ES
dc.identifier.doi 10.1007/s10734-011-9461-8
dc.rights.accessRights Cerrado es_ES
dc.contributor.affiliation Universitat Politècnica de València. Departamento de Economía y Ciencias Sociales - Departament d'Economia i Ciències Socials es_ES
dc.description.bibliographicCitation García-Quevedo, J.; Mas Verdú, F.; Polo-Otero, J. (2012). Which firms want PhDs? An analysis of the determinants of the demand. Higher Education. 63(5):607-620. doi:10.1007/s10734-011-9461-8 es_ES
dc.description.accrualMethod S es_ES
dc.relation.publisherversion http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10734-011-9461-8 es_ES
dc.description.upvformatpinicio 607 es_ES
dc.description.upvformatpfin 620 es_ES
dc.type.version info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion es_ES
dc.description.volume 63 es_ES
dc.description.issue 5 es_ES
dc.relation.senia 192828
dc.contributor.funder Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia
dc.contributor.funder Generalitat de Catalunya
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