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Does Mobility across Universities Raise Scientific Productivity?

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  • Ejermo, Olof

    () (Lund University)

  • Fassio, Claudio

    () (Lund University)

  • Källström, John

    () (Lund University)

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Using a highly comprehensive new dataset on Swedish researchers, we investigate the effects of interuniversity mobility on researcher productivity. Our study suggests substantial gains from mobility on scientific output. We find that mobility induces a long-lasting increase in a researcher’s publications by 29% and citations by 50%. Moreover, we analyze the factors that are likely to have an impact on the overall effect of mobility: the interaction of mobility and promotion, the importance of the status of the destination university, as well as the role of the specific disciplinary field of mobile researchers. The empirical analysis addresses selection using inverse probability treatment censoring weights.

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  • Ejermo, Olof & Fassio, Claudio & Källström, John, 2019. "Does Mobility across Universities Raise Scientific Productivity?," Papers in Innovation Studies 2019/14, Lund University, CIRCLE - Center for Innovation, Research and Competences in the Learning Economy.
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    Economics of science; mobility; scientific productivity; university;

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    • I23 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Higher Education; Research Institutions
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
    • O31 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Innovation and Invention: Processes and Incentives

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