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Valerio Sterzi

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Université de Bordeaux
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Institutional Affiliation: University of Bordeaux

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March 2018Dancing with the Stars: Innovation Through Interactions
with Ufuk Akcigit, Santiago Caicedo, Ernest Miguelez, Stefanie Stantcheva: w24466
An inventor's own knowledge is a key input in the innovation process. This knowledge can be built by interacting with and learning from others. This paper uses a new large-scale panel dataset on European inventors matched to their employers and patents. We document key empirical facts on inventors' productivity over the life cycle, inventors' research teams, and interactions with other inventors. Among others, most patents are the result of collaborative work. Interactions with better inventors are very strongly correlated with higher subsequent productivity. These facts motivate the main ingredients of our new innovation-led endogenous growth model, in which innovations are produced by heterogeneous research teams of inventors using inventor knowledge. The evolution of an inventor's knowl...
 
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