Quotation Trippl, Michaela, Maier, Gunther. 2010. The Mechanisms of International Brain Circulation - A Conceptual Framework and Some Empirical Evidence. 57th Annual North American Meetings of the Regional Science Association International, Denver, Vereinigte Staaten/USA, 10.11.-13.11..


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This paper deals with the issue of what mechanisms drive international circulation of highly qualified scientific workers. Since this type of labor is shown to be of great importance for the development and prosperity of economically advanced regions and countries, the question of what drives their mobility is of great relevance. In our paper we develop a conceptual model and test hypotheses derived therefrom. The conceptual model uses two major component: the traditional gravity model of spatial interaction and aspects of knowledge production. From this conceptual model we derive hypotheses concerning the timing of mobility, differences between expatriates and returnees, and the spatial pattern of interactions. As far as the spatial pattern is concerned, our main conclusion is that we expect an inverse U-shape relation with distance rather than a linear decline as in the standard gravity model. These hypotheses are tested in the empirical part of the paper. We use data from a survey of highly-cited researchers that we conducted. In the empirical analysis we find support for our hypotheses, although some of the support is rather weak.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Paper presented at an academic conference or symposium
Language English
Title The Mechanisms of International Brain Circulation - A Conceptual Framework and Some Empirical Evidence
Event 57th Annual North American Meetings of the Regional Science Association International
Year 2010
Date 10.11.-13.11.
Country United States/USA
Location Denver
URL http://www.narsc.org

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Trippl, Michaela (Former researcher)
Maier, Gunther (Details)
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Institute for Multi-Level Governance and Development IN (Details)
Research Institute for Spatial and Real Estate Economics FI (Details)
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1807 Economic geography (Details)
5329 Economics of location (Details)
5330 Site selection (Details)
5332 Transport economics (Details)
5350 Innovation research (Details)
5606 Spatial research (Details)
5611 Urban and regional analysis (Details)
5612 Economics of location (Details)
5618 Regional economy (Details)
5702 Population statistics (Details)
5915 Economic geography (Details)
5944 Technology transfer (Details)
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