Is Inter-Firm Labor Mobility a Channel of Knowledge spillovers? Evidence from a Linked Employer-Employee Panel

Maliranta, Mika, Mohnen, Pierre and Rouvinen, Petri (2008). Is Inter-Firm Labor Mobility a Channel of Knowledge spillovers? Evidence from a Linked Employer-Employee Panel. UNU-MERIT.

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  • Author Maliranta, Mika
    Mohnen, Pierre
    Rouvinen, Petri
    Title Is Inter-Firm Labor Mobility a Channel of Knowledge spillovers? Evidence from a Linked Employer-Employee Panel
    Publication Date 2008
    Publisher UNU-MERIT
    Abstract An employer-employee panel is used to study whether the movement of workers across firms is a channel of unintended diffusion of R&D-generated knowledge. Somewhat surprisingly, hiring workers from others' R&D labs to one's own does not seem to be a significant spillover channel. Hiring workers previously in R&D to one's non-R&D activities, however, boosts both productivity and profitability. This is interpreted as evidence that these workers transmit knowledge that can be readily copied and implemented without much additional R&D effort.
    Keyword Labor mobility
    R&D spillovers
    Profitability
    Linked employer-employee data
    JEL D62
    J24
    J62
    L25
    O31
    Copyright Holder UNU-MERIT
    Copyright Year 2008
    ISSN 1871-9872
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