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International research visits and careers: An analysis of bioscience academics in Japan


  • Cornelia Lawson
  • Sotaro Shibayama


This paper investigates the effect of international research visits on promotion. Research visits may help to expand existing networks and promote knowledge transfer while at the same time ensuring career stability, identified as the main barrier to mobility in Europe and Japan. Using a dataset of 370 bioscience professors in Japan we find that international research visits have a positive effect on promotion and reduce the waiting time for promotion by one year. This provides evidence that these visits also benefit a researcher’s career in the long-term. This positive research visit effect is weaker for academics who also change jobs, but stronger for inbred academics. Research visits may therefore be of specific importance for otherwise immobile academics. Further, we find that while research visits of tenured staff enhance the career by providing an early chair, postdoctoral fellowships have no lasting effect on career progression.

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  • Cornelia Lawson & Sotaro Shibayama, 2015. "International research visits and careers: An analysis of bioscience academics in Japan," Science and Public Policy, Oxford University Press, vol. 42(5), pages 690-710.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:scippl:v:42:y:2015:i:5:p:690-710.

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    1. Takahashi, Ana Maria & Takahashi, Shingo, 2015. "Gender promotion differences in economics departments in Japan: A duration analysis," Journal of Asian Economics, Elsevier, vol. 41(C), pages 1-19.
    2. Michio Naoi & Hideo Akabayashi, 2004. "Why Is There No Harvard Among Japanese Private Universities?," Econometric Society 2004 Far Eastern Meetings 726, Econometric Society.
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    1. Fernandez-Zubieta, Ana & Geuna, Aldo & Lawson, Cornelia, 2015. "What do We Know of the Mobility of Research Scientists and of its Impact on Scientific Production," Department of Economics and Statistics Cognetti de Martiis. Working Papers 201522, University of Turin.

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