Does the mobility of R&D labor increase innovation?


Kaiser, Ulrich ; Kongsted, Hans Christian ; Rønde, Thomas


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URL: https://ub-madoc.bib.uni-mannheim.de/37463
URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:180-madoc-374638
Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 2014
The title of a journal, publication series: ZEW Discussion Papers
Volume: 14-115
Place of publication: Mannheim
Publication language: English
Institution: Sonstige Einrichtungen > ZEW - Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung
MADOC publication series: Veröffentlichungen des ZEW (Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung) > ZEW Discussion Papers
Subject: 330 Economics
Classification: JEL: J62 , C26,
Keywords (English): Labor mobility , innovation , research and development , patenting
Abstract: We investigate the effect of mobility of R&D workers on the total patenting activity of their employers. Our study documents how mobile workers affect the patenting activity of the firm they join and the firm they leave. The effect of labor mobility is strongest if workers join from patent-active firms. We also find evidence of a positive feedback effect on the former employer's patenting from workers who have left for another patent- active firm. Summing up the effects of joining and leaving workers, we show that labor mobility increases the total innovative activity of the new and the old employer. Our study which is based on the population of R&D active Danish firms observed between 1999 and 2004 thus provides firm-level support for the notion that labor mobility stimulates overall innovation of a country or region due to knowledge transfer.

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Kaiser, Ulrich ; Kongsted, Hans Christian ; Rønde, Thomas (2014) Does the mobility of R&D labor increase innovation? Open Access ZEW Discussion Papers Mannheim 14-115 [Working paper]
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