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Scientists on the move: tracing scientists’ mobility and its spatial distribution

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  • Ernest Miguélez

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    (Faculty of Economics, University of Barcelona)

  • Rosina Moreno

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    (Faculty of Economics, University of Barcelona)

  • Jordi Suriñach

    ()
    (Faculty of Economics, University of Barcelona)

Abstract

This paper aims to provide new insights into the well-studied phenomenon of knowledge spillovers. We study one of the main mechanisms through which these spillovers occur, that is, the mobility of highly-skilled individuals. In contrast to earlier studies, we focus on the geographical mobility of inventors across European regions. First, we gather information from PCT patent documents (from the OECD REGPAT database, May 2008 edition) and match the names which seemed to belong to the same inventor using name matching algorithms; second, we create a new algorithm to decide whether each patent applied for under each name belongs to the same inventor, according to set of predetermined characteristics. We use this information to trace the pattern of scientists’ and inventors’ mobility across European regions.

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Paper provided by University of Barcelona, Research Institute of Applied Economics in its series IREA Working Papers with number 200916.

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Length: 24pages
Date of creation: Jun 2009
Date of revision: Jun 2009
Handle: RePEc:ira:wpaper:200916

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Keywords: inventors’ mobility; knowledge spillovers; name matching algorithms; exploratory data analysis;

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Cited by:
  1. Christ, Julian P., 2010. "The geography and co-location of European technology-specific co-inventorship networks," FZID Discussion Papers 14-2010, University of Hohenheim, Center for Research on Innovation and Services (FZID).
  2. Artis, Michael J & Miguélez, Ernest & Moreno, Rosina, 2009. "Assessing agglomeration economies in a spatial framework with endogenous regressors," CEPR Discussion Papers 7267, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.

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