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“Do labour mobility and technological collaborations foster geographical knowledge diffusion? The case of European regions”

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  • Ernest Miguélez

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    (Economics and Statistics Division, WIPO and AQR-IREA)

  • Rosina Moreno

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    (Faculty of Economics, University of Barcelona)

Abstract

The goal of this paper is twofold: first, we aim to assess the role played by inventors’ cross-regional mobility and collaborations in fostering knowledge diffusion across regions and subsequent innovation. Second, we intend to evaluate the feasibility of using mobility and co-patenting information to build cross-regional interaction matrices to be used within the spatial econometrics toolbox. To do so, we depart from a knowledge production function where regional innovation intensity is a function not only of the own regional innovation inputs but also external accessible knowledge stocks gained through interregional interactions. Differently from much of the previous literature, cross-section gravity models of mobility and co-patents are estimated to use the fitted values to build our ‘spatial’ weights matrices, which characterize the intensity of knowledge interactions across a panel of 269 regions covering most European countries over 6 years.

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Paper provided by University of Barcelona, Regional Quantitative Analysis Group in its series AQR Working Papers with number 201306.

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Length: 42 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2013
Date of revision: Jul 2013
Handle: RePEc:aqr:wpaper:201306

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Keywords: inventors’ spatial mobility; co-patenting; gravity models; weights matrix; knowledge production function. JEL classification: C8; J61; O31; O33; R0.;

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