Department of Economics

Interregional mobility, productivity and the value of patents for prolific inventors in France, Germany and the U.K

Interregional mobility, productivity and the value of patents for prolific inventors in France, Germany and the U.K

by Latham, W., Le Bas, C., Bouklia Hassane, R., and Volodin, D.

Abstract

Regional creative resources include inventors. Policies conducive to inventors’ productivity or attracting productive inventors promote regional development.  We build on prior work on inventor mobility and productivity, analyzing German, French and British patents filed in the US by 7,500 “prolific” inventors (fifteen or more inventions).  We measure inventor mobility across regions, companies and technologies. We  analyze the relationships among mobility, productivity and value. We find geographic mobility increases inventor productivity in the UK and France but not in Germany and geographic mobility is not related to the value of inventions except in Germany where it has a negative effect.

JEL Codes:O31,R58

Keywords:  Patents, inventor mobility, prolific inventors

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