What Do We Know of the Mobility of Research Scientists and of its Impact on Scientific Production

54 Pages Posted: 30 May 2015

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Ana Fernandez-Zubieta

Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración (IESA)

Aldo Geuna

University of Torino - Department Cultures, Politics and Society

Cornelia Lawson

University of Manchester - Alliance Manchester Business School

Date Written: May 22, 2015

Abstract

In this chapter we review the literature on the analysis of researcher mobility and productivity highlighting recent changes in the research system - internationalization, inter-sector mobility and collaboration and career diversification which make researcher mobility more relevant for the dynamics of knowledge creation and dissemination. Our review reveals that to date we still know little about the consequences and motivations of increased mobility for individual researchers. We contribute by presenting a typology of researcher mobility, and considering the relevance of multiple mobility events throughout a researcher career. Finally, we review the modeling problems related to analyzing the effect of mobility on academic performance at the individual level, and suggest various solutions.

Keywords: International mobility, academic career, academic labor market, research productivity, postdoc

JEL Classification: O31, I23, J24

Suggested Citation

Fernandez-Zubieta, Ana and Geuna, Aldo and Lawson, Cornelia, What Do We Know of the Mobility of Research Scientists and of its Impact on Scientific Production (May 22, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2611203 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2611203

Ana Fernandez-Zubieta (Contact Author)

Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración (IESA) ( email )

C/ Campo Santo de los Mártires, 7
Córdoba, Córdoba 14004
Spain

Aldo Geuna

University of Torino - Department Cultures, Politics and Society ( email )

Lungo Dora Siena 100 A
Torino, 10153
Italy

Cornelia Lawson

University of Manchester - Alliance Manchester Business School ( email )

Booth Street West
Manchester, M15 6PB
United Kingdom

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