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Immigration And Innovation In European Regions

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Executive Summary

The concentration of people with diverse socio-cultural backgrounds in particular geographic areas may boost the creation of new ideas, knowledge spillovers, entrepreneurship, and economic growth. In this paper, the authors measure the impact of the size, skills, and diversity of immigration on the innovativeness of host regions. For this purpose, they construct a panel of data on 170 regions in Europe (NUTS 2 level) for the periods 1991-1995 and 2001-2005. Innovation outcomes are measured by means of the number of patent applications per million inhabitants.

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