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The missing link: international migration in global clusters of innovation

Massimiliano Coda-Zabetta, Christian Chacua, Francesco Lissoni (), Ernest Miguelez (), Julio Raffo and Deyun Yin

Bordeaux Economics Working Papers from Bordeaux School of Economics (BSE)

Abstract: In this chapter we look at the global network of innovative agglomerations, with a focus on their degree of internationalization and on the actors behind it – particularly high-skilled migrants. Using worldwide patent and publication geo-localized data, we identify all Global Hotspots of Innovation (GIHs) and Niche Clusters (NCs) worldwide, and study their success as a function of their international connections. In particular, we compare organizational ones, such as international collaborations orchestrated by multinational firms’ collaborations, to personal ones, which may derive from migration to/from the GIHs and NCs. We find a strong role of the latter, always comparable and sometimes larger than the former.

Keywords: patents; publications; agglomeration; internationalization; migration (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F20 F60 O30 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-geo, nep-ino, nep-int, nep-mig and nep-sbm
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