Knowledge Spillover Agents and Regional Development: Spatial Distribution and Mobility Patterns of Star Scientists

Gunther Maier, Bernhard Kurka, Michaela Trippl

Publication: Working/Discussion PaperWorking Paper/Preprint


It is widely recognised that knowledge and highly skilled individuals as “carriers” of knowledge (i.e. knowledge spillover agents) play a key role in impelling the development and growth of cities and regions. In this paper we discuss in a conceptual way the relation between spatial movements of talent and knowledge flows and present empirical results on the geography and mobility patterns of star scientists. Our findings show that these phenomena are highly uneven in nature, benefiting only a few countries which are capable to act as magnet for scientific talent.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2007

Publication series

SeriesDYNREG Working Paper, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), Dublin

    Maier, G., Kurka, B., Reiner, C. & Trippl, M.

    1/01/06 → …

    Project: Research funding

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