•We use a dataset of 10,051 elite life scientists to study the predictors of mobility.
•Scientists with more publications and NIH funding are more likely to move.
•Recent NIH funding is associated with a lower likelihood of moving.
•The quality of the peer environment is an important influencer of mobility.
•Scientists, especially mothers, are less likely to move when children are adolescent.
The mobility of elite life scientists: Professional and personal determinants
Pierre Azoulay, Ina Ganguli, Joshua Graff Zivin
Volume 46, Issue 3, April 2017, Pages 573–590