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April 2011The Diffusion of Scientific Knowledge across Time and Space: Evidence from Professional Transitions for the Superstars of Medicine
with Pierre Azoulay, Joshua S. Graff Zivin
in The Rate and Direction of Inventive Activity Revisited, Josh Lerner and Scott Stern, editors
January 2011The Diffusion of Scientific Knowledge Across Time and Space: Evidence from Professional Transitions for the Superstars of Medicine
with Pierre Azoulay, Joshua S. Graff Zivin: w16683
Are scientific knowledge flows embodied in individuals, or "in the air"? To answer this question, we measure the effect of labor mobility in a sample of 9,483 elite academic life scientists on the citation trajectories associated with individual articles (resp. patents) published (resp. granted) before the scientist moved to a new institution. We find that article-to-article citations from the scientific community at the superstar's origin location are barely affected by their departure. In contrast, article-to-patent citations, and especially patent-to-patent citations, decline at the origin location following a star's departure, suggesting that spillovers from academia to industry are not completely disembodied. We also find that article-to-article citations at the superstar's destinatio...

Published: The Diffusion of Scientific Knowledge across Time and Space: Evidence from Professional Transitions for the Superstars of Medicine, Pierre Azoulay, Joshua S. Graff Zivin, Bhaven N. Sampat. in The Rate and Direction of Inventive Activity Revisited, Lerner and Stern. 2012

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