Do labour mobility and networks foster geographical knowledge diffusion? The case of European regions
Ernest Miguelez () and
Rosina Moreno ()
No XREAP2012-14, Working Papers from Xarxa de Referència en Economia Aplicada (XREAP)
The goal of this paper is twofold: first, we aim to assess the role played by inventors’ cross-regional mobility and networks of collaboration in fostering knowledge diffusion across regions and subsequent innovation. Second, we intend to evaluate the feasibility of using mobility and networks information to build cross-regional interaction matrices to be used within the spatial econometrics toolbox. To do so, we depart from a knowledge production function where regional innovation intensity is a function not only of the own regional innovation inputs but also external accessible R&D gained through interregional interactions. Differently from much of the previous literature, cross-section gravity models of mobility and networks are estimated to use the fitted values to build our ‘spatial’ weights matrices, which characterize the intensity of knowledge interactions across a panel of 269 regions covering most European countries over 6 years.
Keywords: inventors’ spatial mobility; co-patenting; gravity models; weights matrix; knowledge production function. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C8 J61 O31 O33 R0 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 48 pages
Date: 2012-07, Revised 2012-07
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-eur, nep-geo, nep-ino, nep-knm, nep-mig and nep-ure
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