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Mobility from the research sector in the Nordic countries

The report gives a detailed statistical exposition of flows of personnel between the research-producing sector and other sectors of the economy for the period 1988-1998 in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. Complete annual matched employee/employer datasets for the four countries make up the bulk of the data. The definition of the research-producing sector is discussed along with potential problems of statistical artefacts and national differences in these register data. The annual flows are then broken down over sub-sectors in research and over the educational background of the personnel, with particular emphasis on science and engineering. Recommendations concerning relevant register data are offered. These data are interesting from an innovation policy point of view because mobility is an important mechanism for knowledge diffusion in the economy, and outflow of personnel from the research-producing sector to manufacturing and services is expected to be particularly important for the innovative capacity of firms and institutions. These first comprehensive detailed statistics of researcher mobility in the Nordic countries are the output of a Nordic project which is also dealing with the flow of human capital in job-to-job mobility in general and with the flow of human capital between the Nordic countries through migration. The project is jointly undertaken by STEP, The Danish Institute for Studies in Research and Research Policy, Statistics Finland, Statistics Iceland, and Vinnova.

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Paper provided by The STEP Group, Studies in technology, innovation and economic policy in its series STEP Report series with number 200312.

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  1. Svein Olav Nås & et al., "undated". "Formal competencies in the innovation systems of the Nordic countries: An analysis based on register data," STEP Report series 199806, The STEP Group, Studies in technology, innovation and economic policy.
  2. Ebbe Graversen & et al., "undated". "Migration between the Nordic countries: What do register data tell us about the knowledge flows?," STEP Report series 200310, The STEP Group, Studies in technology, innovation and economic policy.
  3. Markus Bugge & Anders Ekeland, "undated". "The mobility from the research sector – The Norwegian case 1987 – 2000," STEP Report series 200203, The STEP Group, Studies in technology, innovation and economic policy.
  4. Ómar Harðarson, "undated". "Some methodological issues using labour force survey data for mobility research," STEP Report series 200314, The STEP Group, Studies in technology, innovation and economic policy.
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