Faculty and Staff

Dr. Albert Link


Virginia Batte Phillips Distinguished Professor

Department of Economics

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Research Areas: Innovation and Science Policy, Technology Transfer, Evaluation Methodology

Albert N. Link is the Virginia Batte Phillips Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). He received the B.S. degree in mathematics from the University of Richmond (Phi Beta Kappa) and the Ph.D. degree in economics from Tulane University. After receiving the Ph.D., he joined the economics faculty at Auburn University where he remained until 1982 when he joined the economics faculty at UNCG.

Professor Link’s research focuses on entrepreneurship, technology and innovation policy, the economics of R&D, and policy/program evaluation. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Technology Transfer. He is also and co-editor of Foundations and Trends in Entrepreneurship and founder/editor of Annals of Science and Technology Policy. Among his more than 50 books, some of the more recent ones are: Handbook for University Technology Transfer (University of Chicago Press, 2015), Public Sector Entrepreneurship: U.S. Technology and Innovation Policy (Oxford University Press, 2015), Bending the Arc of Innovation: Public Support of R&D in Small, Entrepreneurial Firms (Palgrave Macmillan 2013), Valuing an Entrepreneurial Enterprise (Oxford University Press, 2012), Public Goods, Public Gains (Oxford University Press, 2011), Employment Growth from Public Support of Innovation in Small Firms (W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, 2011), and Government as Entrepreneur (Oxford University Press, 2009). His other research consists of more than 180 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, as well as numerous government reports. His scholarship has appeared in such journals as the American Economic Review, the Journal of Political Economy, the Review of Economics and Statistics, Economica, Research Policy, and Small Business Economics.

Professor Link was a member of the National Research Council’s research team that conducted the 2010 evaluation of the U.S. Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. Professor Link subsequently testified before Congress in April 2011 on the economic benefits associated with the SBIR program. Link also served from 2007-2012 as the U.S. Representative to the United Nations (Geneva) in the capacity of co-vice chairperson of the Team of Specialists on Innovation and Competitiveness Policies Initiative for the Economic Commission for Europe.

Research and Awards

Dynamic Entrepreneurship and Technology-Based Innovation
Link, Albert N., D. Audretsch, and D. Kuratki

Journal of Evolutionary Economics

Advisory Panel to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration on economic development strategies of Low-Earth Orbit and commercialization options for the International Space Station
Keynote Address: OECD Conference on Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Enterprise Dynamics, OECD Working Party on Industry Analysis
Advisory Committee of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Impact Assessment Unit
Testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Healthcare and Technology, “Small Business Innovation Research Program”
April 7, 2011