Measuring the International Mobility of Inventors: A New Database

Economic Research Working Paper No.8

Author(s): Carsten Fink, Ernest Miguelez | Publication year: 2013

This paper has two objectives. First, it describes a new database mapping migratory patterns of inventors, extracted from information included in patent applications filed under the Patent Cooperation Treaty. It explains in detail the information contained in the database and discusses the usefulness and reliability of the underlying data. Second, the paper provides a descriptive overview of inventor migration patterns, based on the information contained in the newly constructed database.

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