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Is inter-firm labor mobility a channel of knowledge spillovers? Evidence from a linked employer--employee panel

  • Mika Maliranta
  • Pierre Mohnen
  • Petri Rouvinen

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. Copyright 2009 The Authors 2009. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of Associazione ICC. All rights reserved., Oxford University Press.

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Volume (Year): 18 (2009)
Issue (Month): 6 (December)
Pages: 1161-1191

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