New Things Under the Sun

Age and the Nature of Innovation

January 04, 2023 Matt Clancy Season 1 Episode 40
New Things Under the Sun
Age and the Nature of Innovation
Show Notes

Are there some kinds of discoveries that are easier to make when young, and some that are easier to make when older?

This podcast is an audio read through of the (initial version of the) article Age and the Nature of Innovation, originally published on New Things Under the Sun.

Articles Mentioned:
Yu, Huifeng, Gerald Marschke, Matthew B. Ross, Joseph Staudt and Bruce Weinberg. 2022. Publish or Perish: Selective Attrition as a Unifying Explanation for Patterns in Innovation over the Career. Journal of Human Resources 1219-10630R1.

Cui, Haochuan, Lingfei Wu, and James A. Evans. 2022. Aging Scientists and Slowed Advance. arXiv 2202.04044.

Kalyani, Aakash. 2022. The Creativity Decline: Evidence from US Patents. Dissertation paper.

Galenson, David W. 2007. Old Masters and Young Geniuses: The Two Life Cycles of Artistic Creativity. Princeton University Press.

Weinberg, Bruce A. and David W. Galenson. 2019. Creative Careers: The Life Cycles of Nobel laureates in Economics. De Economist 167: 221-239.

Jones, Benjamin F., and Bruce A. Weinberg. 2011. Age Dynamics in Scientific Creativity. PNAS 108(47): 18910-18914.

Jones, Benjamin F., E.J. Reedy, and Bruce A. Weinberg. 2014. Age and Scientific Genius. NBER Working Paper 19866.

Kaltenberg, Mary, Adam B. Jaffe, and Margie E. Lachman. 2021. Invention and the Life Course: Age Differences in Patenting. NBER Working Paper 28769.