NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH
NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

The "Names Game": Harnessing Inventors' Patent Data for Economic Research

Manuel Trajtenberg, Gil Shiff, Ran Melamed

NBER Working Paper No. 12479
Issued in September 2006

---- Acknowledgements -----

This project has benefited enormously from the work of a group of extremely talented and dedicated research assistants, primarily Michael Katz, Alon Eizenberg, and Ran Eilat. Useful comments were provided by participants in numerous seminars, particularly at the NBER. We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the National Science Foundation grant SES-0527657, the Israeli Science Foundation Grant 1289/05, the Samuel Neaman Institute through its STE Program, and the Sapir Center.

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