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The fluidity of inventor networks

  • Michael FritschEmail author
  • Moritz Zoellner
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Abstract

We investigate the ‘fluidity’, i.e., entry and exit of inventors, as well as changes of their relationships in nine German regions. The levels of entry and exit of inventors are rather high and most links among inventors are only short term. Fluidity of inventors and links leads to some fragmentation of the regional inventor networks but does not significantly affect other network characteristics. Entry of new inventors and growing numbers of links are positively related to the performance of the respective regional innovation system.

Keywords

Innovation networks R&D cooperation Division of innovative labor Patents 

JEL Classification

O3 R1 D2 D8 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Economics and Business AdministrationFriedrich Schiller University JenaJenaGermany

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