Albert Link

Professor / Virginia Batte Phillips Distinguished Professor


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Dr. Albert N. Link is the Virginia Batte Phillips Distinguished Professor of Economics in the Bryan School of Business and Economics at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He has served the University in the capacity of Director of the Computer Technology Education Program, Head of the Economics Department, and Director of the School’s MBA Program. His research is in the areas of program evaluation, technology and innovation policy, and public sector entrepreneurship. His scholarship has appeared in the major journals in economics, public policy, and entrepreneurship, and his more extensive writings have been published as books by leading academic presses. He is also Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Technology Transfer, founding editor of Annals of Science and Technology Policy, and co-editor of Foundations and Trends in Entrepreneurship. And, he has received the University Research Excellence Award. Domestically, he has testified before the U.S. Congress on technology policy in small firms. He has served on the White House Task Force on Internet Protocols, and he has had leadership roles on advisory panels for the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Commerce, the Department of Energy, the National Research Council, NASA, and the National Governor’s Association. Internationally, he has been an advisor to the Canadian Institutes of Health, the U.S. Representative to the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), and a National Science Foundation Delegate to advise the Republic of Korea on their creation of science and technology parks.


Ph.D. Economics, Tulane University, 1976

B.S. Mathematics, University of Richmond, 1971; Phi Beta Kappa

Recent Research & Publications

Authored and Edited Books

Small Firms and U.S. Technology Policy: Social Benefits of the US Small Business Innovation Research

Program (with M. van Hasselt), New York, Edward Elgar, in production.

Innovative Behavior of Minorities, Women, and Immigrants (edited with C. Antonelli), Oxfordshire, Routledge, 2022.

Public Sector Entrepreneurship: Innovative Pricing Policies for U.S. National Parks, New York, Edward Elgar, 2022.

Journal Articles and Refereed Book Chapters

“R&D and Regional Competitiveness: A Study of Global Entrepreneurial Firms” (with Md Rashedur Rahman Sardar), International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal, 2023, DOI: 10.1007/s11365-022-00825-2.

“Editorial Quandaries During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Personal Exposé,” in  The COVID-19 Crisis and Entrepreneurship: Perspectives and Experiences of Researchers, Thought Leaders, and Policymakers (edited by D. Audretsch and I. Kunadt), Springer, 2022.

“Scientific Ideas and Innovative Behavior,” in Elgar Encyclopedia on the Economics of Knowledge and Innovation (edited by C, Antonelli), Edward Elgar, 2022.

“The U.S. Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program: An Assessment and an Evaluation of the Program,” Annals of Science and Technology Policy, forthcoming.

“Assessment of the U.S. Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program: A Study of Project Failure” (with C. Swann and M. van Hasselt), Science and Public Policy, DOI: 10.1093/scipol/scac049.

“An Economic Analysis of Standard Reference Materials” (with M. Hall and M. Schaffer), Journal of Technology Transfer, 2022, DOI: 10.1007/s10961-022-09960-y.

“Public Support for Research in Artificial Intelligence: A Descriptive Study of U.S. Department of Defense SBIR Projects” (with F. Chowdhury and M. van Hasselt), Journal of Technology Transfer, 2022, 47: 762–774.

“Knowledge-Based Information and the Effectiveness of R&D in Small Firms” (with J. Fletcher, E. Howard, and A. O’Connor), Small Business Economics, DOI: 10.1007/s11187-022-00630-9.

“The Spatial Distribution of Public Support for AI Research” (with F. Chowdhury and M. van Hasselt), Science and Public Policy, 2022, 49: 573–579.

“The Overcrowding of Zion National Park” (with K. Hobbs and C. Swann), Journal of Environmental Economics and Policy, 2022, 11: 351-360 .