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Global Mobility of Research Scientists: The Economics of Who Goes Where and Why brings together information on how the localization and mobility of academic researchers contributes to the production of knowledge.
The text answers several questions, including "what characterizes nationally and internationally mobile researchers?" and "what are the individual and social implications of increased mobility of research scientists?". Ten independent, but coordinated chapters address these and other questions, drawing on a set of newly developed databases covering 30 countries, including the US, the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, and China, among others.


"The international mobility of scientists  and innovators fundamentally shapes our world, but measurement is always difficult. This book fills that gap and pushes forward our understanding.
-William Kerr, Harvard Business School

"This is an incredible contribution about researchers on the move. The book provides new theoretical perspectives and quantitative empirical evidence about the motives and implications of researchers' mobility in a contrasting international perspective. This book is a must for scientists, politicians and university administrations interested in attracting talents from all over the world."
-Javier Revilla Diez, University of Cologne            

"The timely volume provides a valuable global perspective on the phenomenon of scientific mobility. It appears destined to be a key resource for both scholars and policymakers interested in understanding the movement of scientists around the world and the scientific and economic implications of this mobility.
-Aaron Levine, Georgia Institute of Technology

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This book provides readers with an in-depth understanding of the many ways in which universities contribute to economic development and growth. It demonstrates the causal interactions between universities’ activities and economic outcomes, and presents up-to-date quantitative and qualitative data in support. The authors present the theoretical tools and evidence to explain the manner and degree to which universities’ activities impact the economy, as well as analysing the comparative strengths and weaknesses of specific university systems.


This book presents a remarkably broad yet detailed description and analysis of the various roles played by universities in the workings of modern economies, with a particular focus on Europe. It provides both a wide survey of research by others on the topics addressed, and an account of the authors’ own important work. The complex policy issues are clearly drawn, and the authors’ informed pragmatic position on them clearly articulated. This is the best book on the subject that I have seen.
Richard Nelson, Columbia University

This book, with its wealth of information and its broad perspective, goes a long way toward educating us in the United States about how research at European universities is conducted and funded and details differences between Europe and the US. It is a must-read for anyone who wants to have a broader perspective on the relationship between universities and the economy.
Paula Stephan, Georgia State University and NBER


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L’obiettivo principale di questa originale ricerca è quello di offrire fondamenta concettuali e statistiche al dibattito sui molteplici contributi che il sistema universitario può fornire al sistema economico. La novità sta nell’affrontare questo tema in maniera integrata, considerando l’intero spettro delle attività svolte dagli atenei (didattica, ricerca e trasferimento di conoscenze), e nell’adottare un approccio secondo il quale gli atenei, così come gli individui che vi lavorano e studiano, rispondono a incentivi analizzabili all’interno di un modello di tipo economico.


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Obiettivo del volume è dare una rappresentazione degli strumenti e dei metodi della macroeconomia e della politica economica calati nella realtà del mondo odierno. Vi sono quindi una sintetica introduzione alla macroeconomia e una trattazione dei maggiori problemi della politica economica, a livello del mondo, dell’Europa e dell’Italia.


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This volume re-examines the rationale for public policy, concluding that the prevailing "public knowledge" model is evolving towards a "networked" or "distributed" model of knowledge production and use in which public and private institutions play complementary roles. It provides a set of tools and models to assess the impact of the new network model of funding and governance. Governments need to adapt their funding and administrative priorities and procedures to support the emergence and healthy growth of research networks. Interdependencies and complementarities in the production and distribution of knowledge require a new and more contextual, flexible and complex approach to government funding, monitoring and assessment.


This edited volume brings together an international set of the best scholars working in the area of science and technology policy. . . this is an interesting and useful collection. Each section concludes with an integrative and insightful commentary which ties the sections together and offers useful perspectives. . . The editors have done a useful job of solving the problem that plagues many edited volumes – introductory sections create a narrative and the sections and chapters are well integrated.
– Maryann P. Feldman, Journal of Economic Literature


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This book examines the subject of university research and how it is funded, considering the relationship between the allocation of funds and university research productivity. In particular, the book looks at the possible unintended consequences of university policies and priorities.


'This book takes a fresh and illuminating approach to a subject whose importance for sustaining modern industrial development and improvements in economic welfare over the long run is now widely acknowledged.. Aldo Geuna's research findings directly address the increasingly insistent need for greater knowledge about key parts of the knowledge-driven economy. His book therefore will be seen to be of timely importance, no less for its novel extension and empirical application to this subject of the analytical approach associated with the "new economics of science" than for the new substantive findings it contains.'
- Paul David, All Souls College

'The present book is an immensely valuable addition to the literature.. this book was a delight to read. It both enlightens the reader and raises lots of interesting questions suggesting further research around the main themes. It should be read both by academics like myself, “inside the system”, and by policymakers and officials who influence the functioning of universities without themselves being insiders. As usual, better policy towards the universities is likely to arise from a better understanding of how the system – specifically in regard to research – functions, and this book makes an excellent start in that direction.'
- Paul Hare, The Economic Journal