Global competition for talent going local

Ernest Miguelez Sanz
GREThA - UMR CNRS 5113 (Université de Bordeaux)
Thursday, 26 November 2015 - 12:00

This seminar focuses on the settlement patterns of migrant inventors’ across Europe's NUTS2 territories and the United States' Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs). In particular, we analyze regional attributes attracting a larger pool of foreign talent and skill, and contrast migrant inventors’ spatial concentration to the distribution of native inventors. For this purpose, we assemble a unique and novel dataset on inventors with a migratory background residing in OECD regions, spanning a large number of years (1990-2010). The dataset exploits the uniqueness of the WIPO’s Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) on inventors' nationality and combines this information with the OECD’s REGPAT database on regionalized inventors' residence. Finally, we investigate the role of economic, network, and regional amenity related effects in driving the variation of inventors' spatial settlements patterns for a subsample of European NUTS2 regions.


Ciudad Politécnica de la Innovación
Edificio 8E, Acceso J, Planta 4ª (Sala Descubre. Cubo Rojo)
Universidad Politécnica de Valencia | Camino de Vera s/n

Short CV: 

I am Junior Researcher (Chargé de Recherche) at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), attached to the GREThA – UMR CNRS 5113, University of Bordeaux. My research interests cover economic geography, innovation economics and migration . At GREThA I conduct research on high-skilled migration, and its relationship with innovation, knowledge diffusion, intellectual property, geography, and development.

Under the supervision of Prof. Rosina Moreno and co-supervision of  Prof. Francesco Lissoni, I received my PhD from the Department of Econometrics, Statistics, and Spanish Economy of the University of Barcelona (January 2013). My dissertation deals with the way in which knowledge diffuses between individuals, firms, and regions, and the specific role of space, inventors’ mobility, networks and spillovers.

From January 2012 to December 2013, I held a research economist position at the Economics and Statistics Division of the World Intellectual Property Organization (Geneva), under the supervision of the Chief Economist Carsten Fink.

I have also spent time as a visitor at the University of Manchester, the Kiel Institute for the World Economy, Bocconi University and the Rotman School of Management (University of Toronto).

I am research fellow at the Regional Quantitative Analysis Research Group (AQR-IREA) and research affiliate at the Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM).