What Attracts Knowledge Workers? The Role of Space and Social Networks

28 Pages Posted: 9 Jan 2014

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Ernest Miguélez

University of Barcelona - Department of Econometrics

Rosina Moreno

University of Barcelona - Department of Econometrics

Date Written: January 2014

Abstract

The aim of this paper is to identify the determinants of the geographical mobility of skilled individuals, such as inventors, across European regions. Among a large number of variables, we focus on the role of social proximity between inventors’ communities. We use a control function approach to address the endogenous nature of networks, 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, job opportunities, social networks, as well as other relational variables in mediating this phenomenon.

Suggested Citation

Miguélez, Ernest and Moreno, Rosina, What Attracts Knowledge Workers? The Role of Space and Social Networks (January 2014). Journal of Regional Science, Vol. 54, Issue 1, pp. 33-60, 2014, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2376567 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jors.12069

Ernest Miguélez (Contact Author)

University of Barcelona - Department of Econometrics ( email )

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Barcelona, E-08034
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Rosina Moreno

University of Barcelona - Department of Econometrics ( email )

Analisi Quantitativa Regional Research Group
08007 Barcelona
Spain

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