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The fluidity of inventor networks

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  • Michael Fritsch

    (Friedrich Schiller University Jena)

  • Moritz Zoellner

    (Friedrich Schiller University Jena)

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We investigate the ‘fluidity’, i.e., entry and exit of inventors, as well as changes of their relationships in nine German regions. The levels of entry and exit of inventors are rather high and most links among inventors are only short term. Fluidity of inventors and links leads to some fragmentation of the regional inventor networks but does not significantly affect other network characteristics. Entry of new inventors and growing numbers of links are positively related to the performance of the respective regional innovation system.

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  • Michael Fritsch & Moritz Zoellner, 2020. "The fluidity of inventor networks," The Journal of Technology Transfer, Springer, vol. 45(4), pages 1063-1087, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:jtecht:v:45:y:2020:i:4:d:10.1007_s10961-019-09726-z
    DOI: 10.1007/s10961-019-09726-z
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    • O3 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights
    • R1 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics
    • D2 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations
    • D8 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty

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