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Attractors of talent: Universities, regions, and alumni entrepreneurs

Apostolos Baltzopoulos and Anders Broström
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Apostolos Baltzopoulos: CESIS - Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies, Royal Institute of Technology, Postal: CESIS - Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies, Royal Institute of Technology, SE-100 44 Stockholm, Sweden

No 239, Working Paper Series in Economics and Institutions of Innovation from Royal Institute of Technology, CESIS - Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies

Abstract: This paper investigates how universities may affect regional entrepreneurship through the localisation decisions of entrepreneurial alumni. Empirically a comprehensive, individual-level dataset from Sweden for the period 2003-2005 is employed. The results suggest that even when controlling for their spatial history, individuals have an increased propensity to set up in the region where they studied. This effect is found to substitute for both urbanisation economies and localisation economies as drivers of regional-level entrepreneurship. Thus, the present analysis provides evidence on how universities affect regional economic development that complements the strong focus on spin-off activities by university researchers in previous studies.

Keywords: university entrepreneurship; regional impact; location choice analysis (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I23 L26 O18 R30 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 32 pages
Date: 2010-02-28
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