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Industry Dynamics and Highly Qualified Labor Mobility

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  • Ljubica Nedelkoska

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    (DFG Research Training Group "Economics of Innovative Change" at the Friedrich Schiller University and the Max Planck Institute of Economics, Jena)

  • Florian Noseleit

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    (DFG Research Training Group "Economics of Innovative Change" at the Friedrich Schiller University and the Max Planck Institute of Economics, Jena)

Abstract

The literature on knowledge spillovers offers substantial evidence that workers, as main carriers of knowledge, play a role in the diffusion of knowledge among firms. One of the channels through which knowledge is diffused is the job-to-job mobility of workers. The purpose of this study is to empirically explore the industry-specific factors that influence the level of job-to-job mobility of highly qualified workers (HQWs) within three-digit industrial sectors. We use panel data from the German social security notifications to explore our research question. We find that HQW job-to-job mobility is dependent on technology-specific and industry's evolution-specific factors. The results show a significant and positive effect of the technological regime and the level of job destruction on the level of voluntary and overall HQW mobility. The intra-industry mobility of this group is also affected by establishment-size effects, the inflow of HQWs from other industries, and the type of industry (service or manufacturing).

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Paper provided by Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Max-Planck-Institute of Economics in its series Jena Economic Research Papers with number 2008-095.

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Date of creation: 20 Dec 2008
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Handle: RePEc:jrp:jrpwrp:2008-095

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Keywords: job-to-job mobility of highly qualified workers; technological and organizational change; knowledge transmission;

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  1. Ambra Poggi, 2013. "Labor mobility network and intra firm wage dispersion," LABORatorio R. Revelli Working Papers Series 133, LABORatorio R. Revelli, Centre for Employment Studies.

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