The creative class thesis and the mobility patterns of knowledge workers considering the place of birth: The case of Montreal

Tremblay, Diane-Gabrielle and Darchen, Sebastien (2010) The creative class thesis and the mobility patterns of knowledge workers considering the place of birth: The case of Montreal. International Journal of Knowledge-Based Development, 1 3: 176-203. doi:10.1504/IJKBD.2010.035658


Author Tremblay, Diane-Gabrielle
Darchen, Sebastien
Title The creative class thesis and the mobility patterns of knowledge workers considering the place of birth: The case of Montreal
Journal name International Journal of Knowledge-Based Development   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2040-4468
2040-4476
Publication date 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1504/IJKBD.2010.035658
Volume 1
Issue 3
Start page 176
End page 203
Total pages 28
Place of publication Olney, Bucks, United Kingdom
Publisher Inderscience Publishers
Language eng
Abstract The creative class thesis of economic development has had a major impact on the understanding of knowledge and creative workers and on the analysis of the mobility of human capital. Using quantitative and qualitative material, our paper examines the influence of quality of place and career opportunities on the mobility of students in science and technology fields as a proxy for the professional category of 'the knowledge workers'. Our results show that the criteria linked to quality of place has a greater impact on the attraction and retention of students from abroad than for the domestic-born groups. These results could partly confirm some of the assumptions of the creative class about the attraction of knowledge workers. However, we remain sceptical about urban policies that create incentives based solely on this thesis of economic development to attract talents or knowledge workers.
Keyword Attraction
Retention
Knowledge workers
Creative class
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management Publications
 
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