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The Effect of Learning by Hiring on Productivity


  • Pierpaolo Parrotta

    (UNIL - Université de Lausanne, Aarhus University [Aarhus])

  • Dario Pozzoli


This article focuses on the phenomenon of interfirm labor mobility as a potential channel for knowledge transfer. Using data from the Danish employer-employee register covering the period 1995–2005, we investigate how knowledge carriers—technicians and highly educated workers recruited from a donor firm—contribute to knowledge diffusion and enhanced productivity in the hiring (recipient) firm. Structural estimation of the hiring firms’ production functions shows that the impact of the recruitment of knowledge carriers on a firm’s value added is an increase of 1%–2%. Several robustness checks confirm this finding

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  • Pierpaolo Parrotta & Dario Pozzoli, 2012. "The Effect of Learning by Hiring on Productivity," Post-Print hal-01514786, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:hal-01514786
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1756-2171.2012.00161.x
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    Productivity; Learning;

    JEL classification:

    • C23 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Models with Panel Data; Spatio-temporal Models
    • J33 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Compensation Packages; Payment Methods
    • J38 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Public Policy
    • J51 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining - - - Trade Unions: Objectives, Structure, and Effects


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