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

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  • Ernest Miguélez

    () (Faculty of Economics, University of Barcelona)

  • Rosina Moreno

    () (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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  • Ernest Miguélez & Rosina Moreno & Jordi Suriñach, 2009. "Scientists on the move: tracing scientists’ mobility and its spatial distribution," IREA Working Papers 200916, University of Barcelona, Research Institute of Applied Economics, revised Jun 2009.
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    1. Michael Artis & Ernest Miguélez & Rosina Moreno, 2009. "Assessing Agglomeration Economies in a Spatial Framework with Endogenous Regressors," SERC Discussion Papers 0023, Spatial Economics Research Centre, LSE.
    2. Christ, Julian P., 2009. "The geography and co-location of European technology-specific co-inventorship networks," Violette Reihe: Schriftenreihe des Promotionsschwerpunkts "Globalisierung und Beschäftigung" 31/2010, University of Hohenheim, Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg, Evangelisches Studienwerk.

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

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