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“What attracts knowledge workers? The role of space, social connections, institutions, jobs and amenities”

  • Ernest Miguélez

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    (Economics and Statistics Division, World Intellectual Property Organization and Faculty of Economics, University of Barcelona)

  • Rorina Moreno

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    (Faculty of Economics, University of Barcelona)

The aim of the present paper is to identify the determinants of the geographical mobility of skilled individuals, such as inventors, across European regions. Their mobility contributes to the geographical diffusion of knowledge and reshapes the geography of talent. We test whether geography, amenities, job opportunities and social proximity between inventors’ communities, and the so-called National System of Innovation, drive in- and out-flows of inventors between pairs of regions. We use a control function approach to address the endogenous nature of social proximity, and zero-inflated negative binomial models to accommodate our estimations to the count nature of the dependent variable and the high number of zeros it contains. Our results highlight the importance of physical proximity in driving the mobility patterns of inventors. However, job opportunities, social and institutional relations, and technological and cultural proximity also play key roles in mediating this phenomenon.

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Paper provided by University of Barcelona, Research Institute of Applied Economics in its series IREA Working Papers with number 201204.

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Length: 70 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2012
Date of revision: Feb 2012
Handle: RePEc:ira:wpaper:201204
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