The Role of Labour Mobility and Informal Networks for Knowledge Transfer

  • Dirk Fornahl
  • Christian Zellner
  • David B. Audretsch

Part of the International Studies in Entrepreneurship book series (ISEN, volume 6)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. David B. Audretsch, Dirk Fornahl, Christian Zellner
    Pages 1-7
  3. David B. Audretsch, Max Keilbach
    Pages 8-25
  4. Geographic and Relational Proximity

  5. Scientific knowledge flows and labour mobility

    1. Paula. E. Stephan, Albert J. Sumell, James D. Adams, Grant C. Black
      Pages 123-146
    2. Christian Zellner
      Pages 147-163
    3. Robin Cowan, Nicolas Jonard
      Pages 187-209
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 211-217

About this book


The purpose of The Role of Labour Mobility and Informal Networks for Knowledge Transfer is to analyze the microfoundations of knowledge spillovers. The microeconomic analysis of knowledge spillovers leads to the insight that the spillover and flow of knowledge is not at all automatic. Instead, this volume suggests that a filter exists between knowledge and its economic application. The focus of The Role of Labour Mobility is on several key mechanisms that serve to reduce this filter and facilitate the flow of knowledge. In particular, the volume draws on an emerging literature identifying the role of knowledge spillovers to investigate significance of labour mobility and informal networks as mechanisms facilitating the flow of knowledge.

No field in economics has dealt extensively with the microeconomics of knowledge spillovers. Thus, it is important to include the perspectives and insights of research approaches that span a broad spectrum of fields in economics. This work brings together scholars from labor economics, regional economics, the economics of innovation and technological change, and sociology to introduce new insights yielded from the microfoundations of knowledge spillovers.


Change Entrepreneurs Entrepreneurship Innovation knowledge transfer mobility technological change

Editors and affiliations

  • Dirk Fornahl
    • 1
  • Christian Zellner
    • 1
  • David B. Audretsch
    • 2
  1. 1.Max Planck Institute for Research into Economic SystemsEvolutionary Economics GroupsJenaGermany
  2. 2.Max Planck Institute for Research into Economic SystemsEntrepreneurship, Growth and Public Policy GroupJenaGermany

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