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Educational Diversity and Knowledge Transfers via Inter-Firm Labor Mobility

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  • Marino, Marianna

    () (EPFL, Lausanne)

  • Parrotta, Pierpaolo

    () (ICN Business School)

  • Pozzoli, Dario

    () (Copenhagen Business School)

Abstract

This article contributes to the literature on knowledge transfer via labor mobility by providing new evidence regarding the role of educational diversity in knowledge transfer. In tracing worker flows between firms in Denmark over the period 1995-2005, we find that knowledge carried by workers who have been previously exposed to educationally diverse workforces significantly increases the productivity of hiring firms. Several extensions of our baseline specification support this finding and show that insignificant effects are associated with the prior exposure of newly hired employees to either demographic or culturally diverse workplaces.

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  • Marino, Marianna & Parrotta, Pierpaolo & Pozzoli, Dario, 2014. "Educational Diversity and Knowledge Transfers via Inter-Firm Labor Mobility," IZA Discussion Papers 8033, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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    Keywords

    inter-firm labor mobility; knowledge transfer; educational diversity; firm productivity;

    JEL classification:

    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
    • J60 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - General
    • L20 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - General

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