Journal of Geographical Systems

, Volume 21, Issue 4, pp 457–486 | Cite as

The nexus between inventors’ mobility and regional growth across European regions

  • Roberta Capello
  • Camilla LenziEmail author
Original Article


The role of the spatial mobility of skilled individuals and knowledge workers on the innovative capacity of the recipient region has largely been highlighted, measured and proved in the literature, by positing a direct link from mobility to innovation. This paper enters this literature by explicitly examining and verifying whether innovation generated by inventors’ mobility is enough to enhance growth and whether such link depends on the innovative context. In fact, areas in which inventors can more easily enter, integrate and complement existing consolidated knowledge bases can be more easily affected by incoming inventors.


Inventors’ mobility Regional patterns of innovation Regional growth 

JEL Classification

O31 R11 



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Architecture, Built Environment and Construction EngineeringPolitecnico di MilanoMilanItaly

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