The Annals of Regional Science

, Volume 51, Issue 1, pp 191–212 | Cite as

Skilled labour mobility, networks and knowledge creation in regions: a panel data approach

  • Ernest Miguélez
  • Rosina Moreno
Special Issue Paper


The aim of this paper is to investigate the relative contribution of different features of the local labour market for inventors on regional patenting. By means of a knowledge production function and a sample of 276 European regions, we assess whether local labour mobility of inventors, as well as the scale and extent of their collaborative research networks, correlates with innovation outcomes. In the second part of the paper, we extend the analysis to the role of spatial mobility of knowledge workers and cross-regional research networks as predictors of regional patenting.

JEL Classification

J61 O31 O33 R1 



We acknowledge financial support from the Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación, ECO2011-30260-C03-03 and the project ‘Knowledge, Innovation, Territory (KIT)’—Programme ESPON 2013 (2010–2013). The views expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the World Intellectual Property Organization. We are very grateful to CRENoS (University of Cagliari and University of Sassari) for providing us with data on patents, R&D and human capital, and also to two anonymous referees for their useful comments. However, any mistakes or omissions are ours.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Economics and Statistics DivisionWorld Intellectual Property OrganizationGenevaSwitzerland
  2. 2.AQR-IREAUniversity of BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain

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