Dept. of Strategy and Entrepreneurship
SMU Cox School of Business
6212 Bishop Blvd
Dallas, TX 75275
Institutional Affiliation: SMU Cox School of Business
NBER Working Papers and Publications
|April 2019||Is Blinded Review Enough? How Gendered Outcomes Arise Even Under Anonymous Evaluation|
with Yuly Fuentes-Medel, Fiona Murray: w25759
For organizations focused on scientific research and innovation, workforce diversity is a key driver of success. Blinded review is an increasingly popular approach to reducing bias and increasing diversity in the selection of people and projects, yet its effectiveness is not fully understood. We explore the impact of blinded review on gender inclusion in a unique setting: innovative research grant proposals submitted to the Gates Foundation from 2008-2017. Despite blinded review, female applicants receive significantly lower scores, which cannot be explained by reviewer characteristics, proposal topics, or ex-ante measures of applicant quality. By contrast, the gender score gap is no longer significant after controlling for text-based measures of proposals’ titles and descriptions. Specifi...
|March 2009||Of Mice and Academics: Examining the Effect of Openness on Innovation|
with Fiona Murray, Philippe Aghion, Mathias Dewatripont, Scott Stern: w14819
Scientific freedom and openness are hallmarks of academia: relative to their counterparts in industry, academics maintain discretion over their research agenda and allow others to build on their discoveries. This paper examines the relationship between openness and freedom, building on recent models emphasizing that, from an economic perspective, freedom is the granting of control rights to researchers. Within this framework, openness of upstream research does not simply encourage higher levels of downstream exploitation. It also raises the incentives for additional upstream research by encouraging the establishment of entirely new research directions. In other words, within academia, restrictions on scientific openness (such as those created by formal intellectual property (IP)) may limit...
Published: Fiona Murray & Philippe Aghion & Mathias Dewatripont & Julian Kolev & Scott Stern, 2016. "Of Mice and Academics: Examining the Effect of Openness on Innovation," American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, vol 8(1), pages 212-252. citation courtesy of