Knowledge Flows and Knowledge Production
Gaétan de Rassenfosse (firstname.lastname@example.org), Gabriele Pellegrino (email@example.com)
Knowledge production is regarded as one of the main engine of productivity growth, notably because of the positive externalities associated with investment in knowledge. Indeed, the creation of knowledge by one actor may have a positive influence on the production possibilities of other actors because knowledge cannot be fully appropriate. These potential spillovers may counterbalance the traditional law of diminishing returns, favoring long-term economic growth.
Notwithstanding the relevance of this topic, the extant empirical evidence does not yet provided a good understanding of its key aspects, such as the mechanisms and channels through which knowledge diffuses. Indeed, the relevance and effectiveness of the human capital spillovers may be determined by different aspects that are difficult to measure, such as the intrinsic quality of the single actors involved and the different dimensions through which knowledge can originate and propagate.
Against this background, the aim of this session is to bring together internationally renowned scholars to improve our understanding of the role played by different type of actors (individuals, firms, research institutions) in creating and diffusing new ideas and knowledge.
The session will stress the following dimensions:
- International mobility of high-skilled workers and knowledge diffusion;
- Knowledge flows and collaboration between companies at different territorial levels;
- Collaboration networks among scientists, researchers and other actors;
- Any other closely related topic.
We are looking for empirical contributions that exploit novel data and/or provide evidence of causal effects.