Guest Editorial: Local labour markets, migration, and innovation
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Economists have long stressed the importance of human capital to the process of economic growth. In regional science, it has been widely recognized that young and highly educated individuals tend to be more migratory, displaying a significant degree of positive self-selection. Understanding the dynamics and motivations of migration patterns of young and highly skilled individuals means understanding the future development paths of different regions and possibly being able to help those lagging behind. This special issue provides new and cutting-edge contributions on the phenomenon of human capital migration in a variety of different geographical contexts, using novel data and methodological perspectives.
The first paper in the special issue, “The nexus between inventors’ mobility and regional growth across European regions” by Roberta Capello and Camilla Lenzi estimates the impact of inventor mobility on regional economic growth. The paper aims to explore the heterogeneous relationship...