Mobility Intentions of Foreign Researchers: The Role of Non-economic Motivations

Stefano H. Baruffaldi, Paolo Landoni

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Recent contributions suggest that non-economic factors could be important motivational drivers of scientific mobility. We investigate this hypothesis in a sample of foreign researchers in Italy and Portugal, examining their willingness to leave the host country. We distinguish between economic factors, non-economic relational factors and non-economic aspirational factors. Controlling for the relevant contextual variables, we find that foreign researchers, unsatisfied with aspirational factors (e.g. level of independence, autonomy, intellectual challenge and social status), are more likely to leave their host country and move to a third country than they are to return to their countries of origin. Relational and economic factors, such as salary and benefits, do not demonstrate any additional impact.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)87-111
Number of pages25
JournalIndustry and Innovation
Issue number1
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 24 Mar 2016


  • brain circulation
  • brain drain
  • International scientific mobility
  • motivation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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