Frank van der Wouden is a post-doctoral scholar at the department of Management and Organizations at the Kellogg School of Management of Northwestern University and affiliated with the Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems. He received a PhD in Economic Geography from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Frank is interested in the uneven spatial distribution of innovative activities and how networks of collaboration connect agents and places.

Email: frank.vanderwouden [at] kellogg.northwestern [dot] edu
Twitter: @fvanderwouden



  • Van der Wouden, F. & Van Niftrik et al. (2019) “Machine learning algorithm identifies patients at high risk for early complications after intracranial tumor surgery: registry based cohort study”, Neurosurgery (In Print)
  • Van der Wouden, F. & D. Rigby, “Co-inventor Networks and Knowledge Production in Specialized and Diversified Cities”, Papers in Regional Science (In Print)

Papers Under Review

  1. Van der Wouden, F. , “Co-inventors on US patents: Changing patterns in Collaboration Complexity and Geography”
  2. Van der Wouden, F. & D. Rigby “Inventor Mobility and Productivity: A Long-Run Perspective”

Working Papers

  1. Van der Wouden, F. & H. Youn “The Role of Females in Collaboration, Creativity and Innovation: evidence from long-run US patents”
  2. Van der Wouden, F. “What Mechanisms Structure Tie-Formation among U.S. Inventors: Empirical Evidence from U.S. Patents between 1836-1975”
  3. Van der Wouden, F. & H. Youn & G. Carnabuci “Adjacent Possible: explaining technological evolution using long-run patent data”
  4. Van Niftrik, C.H.B. & F. van der Wouden “Outcome Prediction Modeling in Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage using Machine Learning Techniques”





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