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Interregional mobility, productivity and the value of patents for prolific inventors in France, Germany and the U.K

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  • William Latham

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    (Department of Economics,University of Delaware)

  • Dmitry Volodin

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    (Department of Economics,University of Delaware)

  • Christian Le Bas

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    (Laboratoire d'Économie de la Firme et des Institutions, Université Lumière Lyon)

  • Riad Bouklia Hassane

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    (Laboratoire d'Économie de la Firme et des Institutions, Université Lumière Lyon)

Abstract

Regional creative resources include inventors. Policies conducive to inventors’ productivity or attracting productive inventors promote regional development. We build on prior work on inventor mobility and productivity, analyzing German, French and British patents filed in the US by 7,500 “prolific” inventors (fifteen or more inventions). We measure inventor mobility across regions, companies and technologies. We analyze the relationships among mobility, productivity and value. We find geographic mobility increases inventor productivity in the UK and France but not in Germany and geographic mobility is not related to the value of inventions except in Germany where it has a negative effect.

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Paper provided by University of Delaware, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 11-06.

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Length: 34 pages
Date of creation: 2011
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Handle: RePEc:dlw:wpaper:11-06.

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Keywords: Patents; inventor mobility; prolific inventors;

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  1. William Latham & Christian Le Bas, 2010. "Causes, Consequences and Dynamics of 'Complex' Distributions of Technological Activities: The Case of Prolific Inventors," Working Papers 10-02, University of Delaware, Department of Economics.
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  1. William Latham & Christian Le Bas & Dmitry Volodin, 2011. "Value of invention, prolific inventor productivity and mobility : evidence from five countries, 1975-2002," Working Papers 1133, Groupe d'Analyse et de Théorie Economique (GATE), Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS), Université Lyon 2, Ecole Normale Supérieure.
  2. Bastien Bernela & Olivier Bouba-Olga, 2013. "Le recrutement des universitaires français : de la question du localisme à celle de l'inertie spatiale," Working Papers hal-00821075, HAL.

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