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Productivity spillovers through labor flows: The effect of productivity gap, foreign-owned firms, and skill-relatedness

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  • Zsolt Csafordi

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    (Institute of Economics, Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences)

  • Laszlo Lorincz

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    (Institute of Economics, Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences)

  • Balazs Lengyel

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    (Institute of Economics, Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences and International Business School, Budapest)

  • Karoly Miklos Kiss

    ()

    (Institute of Economics, Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences and University of Pannonia, Faculty of Business and Economics)

What puts productivity spillovers into effect through worker mobility across firms? Productivity difference between the sending and receiving firms have been found to drive these spillovers; while an alternative explanation suggests that labor flows from foreign-owned companies provide productivity gains for the firm. We argue here that skill-relatedness across firms also matters because industry-specific skills are important for organizational learning and production. Hungarian employee-employer linked panel data from 2003-2011 imply that productivity gap rules out the effect of foreign spillovers. Furthermore, we find that flows from skill-related industries outperform the effect of flows from unrelated industries.

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Paper provided by Institute of Economics, Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences in its series IEHAS Discussion Papers with number 1610.

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Length: 35 pages
Date of creation: May 2016
Handle: RePEc:has:discpr:1610
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