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Do Labour Mobility and Networks Foster Geographical Knowledge Diffusion? The Case of European Regions


Ernest Miguélez


University of Barcelona - Department of Econometrics

Rosina Moreno


University of Barcelona - Department of Econometrics

July 31, 2012

XREAP Working Paper No. 2012-14

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The goal of this paper is twofold: first, we aim to assess the role played by inventors’ cross-regional mobility and networks of collaboration in fostering knowledge diffusion across regions and subsequent innovation. Second, we intend to evaluate the feasibility of using mobility and networks information to build cross-regional interaction matrices to be used within the spatial econometrics toolbox. To do so, we depart from a knowledge production function where regional innovation intensity is a function not only of the own regional innovation inputs but also external accessible R&D gained through interregional interactions. Differently from much of the previous literature, cross-section gravity models of mobility and networks are estimated to use the fitted values to build our ‘spatial’ weights matrices, which characterize the intensity of knowledge interactions across a panel of 269 regions covering most European countries over 6 years.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 48

Keywords: inventors’ spatial mobility, co-patenting, gravity models, weights matrix, knowledge production function

JEL Classification: C8, J61, O31, O33, R0

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Date posted: July 31, 2012  

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Miguélez, Ernest and Moreno, Rosina, Do Labour Mobility and Networks Foster Geographical Knowledge Diffusion? The Case of European Regions (July 31, 2012). XREAP Working Paper No. 2012-14. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2120360 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2120360

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Ernest Miguélez (Contact Author)
University of Barcelona - Department of Econometrics ( email )
Av. Diagonal 690
Barcelona, E-08034
Spain
Rosina Moreno
University of Barcelona - Department of Econometrics ( email )
Analisi Quantitativa Regional Research Group
08007 Barcelona
Spain
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