Prof. Kenneth A. Younge

Kenneth A. Younge, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Curriculum Vitae

The Technology and Innovation Strategy Lab is led by Professor Kenneth A. Younge. Prof. Younge is an applied economist and data scientist. His research uses experimental economics and machine learning methods to examine the strategic importance of patent portfolios, knowledge spillovers, financial risk disclosure, computational law, and employee mobility. His work has been published in the top journals in economics and strategy, and he is the past winner of the Strategic Management Society’s Best Conference Paper Award, the Academy of Management’s BPS Outstanding Dissertation Award, and numerous teaching awards.

Prior to returning to academia, Professor Younge worked for 14 years in industry as a Chief Technology Officer, President, and Director of Development. He has co-founded four firms over the course of his career and continues to be active in industry. The TIS Lab combines theoretical economics with real-world impact.

Top Publications


Strategic Citation: A Reassessment


Patent Citations Reexamined



Motivating Innovation: The Effect of Loss Aversion on the Willingness to Persist




Competitive Pressure on the Rate and Scope of Innovation


Text Similarity in Vector Space Models: A Comparative Study




The Value of Employee Retention: Evidence from a Natural Experiment




How Anticipated Employee Mobility Affects Acquisition Likelihood: Evidence from a Natural Experiment




Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Renewable Energy




Clean Energy Innovation: Sources of Technical and Commercial Breakthroughs




Employee Mobility and the Appropriation of Value from Knowledge: Evidence from Three Essays



Winner of the 2013 Wiley Blackwell Outstanding Dissertation Award



Associate Professor

École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne

Assistant Professor

Purdue University

PostDoc Researcher University of California, Berkeley
PhD University of Colorado
MA Stanford University
BA Brown University