Return mobility and scientific productivity of researchers working abroad: The role of home country linkages

Stefano H. Baruffaldi, Paolo Landoni

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Abstract

Through an analysis of 497 foreign researchers in Italy and Portugal we verify the impact of home linkages on return mobility choices and scientific productivity. We consider the presence of several different types of linkages of the researchers working abroad with their country of origin and control for the most relevant contextual factors (age, research area, position in the host country, etc.). The probability of return to their home country and scientific productivity in the host country are both higher for researchers that maintain home linkages. We conclude that the presence of home linkages directly benefits both countries in addition to the indirect benefit of expanding the scientific networks. Policy implications and suggestions for further research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1655-1665
Number of pages11
JournalResearch Policy
Volume41
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2012

Keywords

  • Brain drain
  • Home country linkages
  • Migration
  • Mobility

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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