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Patterns of Patronage: Why Grants Won Over Prizes in Science

  title={Patterns of Patronage: Why Grants Won Over Prizes in Science},
  author={Robin D. Hanson},
Prizes were a common way to patronize basic research in the eighteenth century. Science historians say grants then won over prizes because grants are a superior institution. If different patron types tend to use different patronage forms, however, perhaps the patron types who tend to use grants just became more common. To test this hypothesis, I estimate the use of prize-like vs. grant-like funding among eighteenth century scientific societies. Societies with non-autocratic, non-local… 

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