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Worker mobility and productivity spillovers: An emerging market perspective

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  • Ayanda Hlatshwayo
  • C. Friedrich Kreuser
  • Carol Newman
  • John Rand

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This paper uses matched employer-employee data from South Africa to examine the extent to which technology transfers between firms through the hiring of workers. Allowing for differential spillovers based on observable technology differences between sending and receiving firms, we find strong evidence for positive productivity spillovers through worker mobility. In contrast to previous studies set in more advanced economies, our results suggest that negative spillovers can occur.

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  • Ayanda Hlatshwayo & C. Friedrich Kreuser & Carol Newman & John Rand, 2019. "Worker mobility and productivity spillovers: An emerging market perspective," WIDER Working Paper Series wp-2019-114, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
  • Handle: RePEc:unu:wpaper:wp-2019-114
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    Technology transfer; Job mobility; Linked employer-employee data; Spillovers;

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