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MORE3 – Support Data Collection and Analysis Concerning Mobility Patterns and Career Paths of Researchers. Final Report – Task 4: Comparative and Policy-relevant Analysis

Jürgen Janger (), Agnes Kügler (), Susanne Bärenthaler-Sieber, Anna Strauss, Kathrin Hofmann, Miriam Van Hoed, Lidia Nuñez Lopez and Annelies Wastyn
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Susanne Bärenthaler-Sieber: WIFO
Anna Strauss: WIFO
Kathrin Hofmann: Austrian Institute of Economic Research
Annelies Wastyn: IDEA Consult

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Abstract: Through a large-scale survey, MORE3 analyses what researchers find important in their careers and mobility, to what extent they still face barriers for mobility and career progression and which impact policy measures have on these aspects. The study shows that there is something like a global mind-set on what makes for an attractive research career (in academia) and that these global factors are mainly research job characteristics that influence a researcher's scientific productivity (e.g., international networking, career perspectives and working with high quality peers). Further, intersectoral mobility between higher education institutions and firms are regarded as less important for recruitment or career progression in academia than international and interdisciplinary mobility. However, there is at the same time discrepancy between this "global awareness" on what matters for successful research careers and the observation that national differences in research systems gives rise to varying perceptions of attractiveness between countries, as well as varying patterns of international mobility, including asymmetric mobility or brain drain. This is not only pertinent at the global level between high-income countries with strong research systems and lower-income countries with weaker research systems, but also at the European level. The findings emphasise a need for a stronger policy focus on boosting conditions for scientific productivity in all EU member countries and at EU level to foster symmetric mobility and brain circulation.

Keywords: Brain Drain; ERA; mobility of researchers; higher education; academic research (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017 Written 2018-03-07
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