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Does the mobility of R and D labor increase innovation?


Kaiser, Ulrich; Kongsted, Hans Christian; Ronde, Thomas (2013). Does the mobility of R and D labor increase innovation? UZH Business Working Paper Series 336, University of Zurich.

Abstract

We investigate the effect of mobility of highly skilled workers in Denmark on the total patenting activity of the firms involved for the population of R&D active Danish firms observed between 1999 and 2004. Our study documents how workers joining increase firms’ patenting activity. The effect is strongest if workers join from patent-active firms. We also find evidence of a positive feedback effect on 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 thus provides firm-level support for the notion that labor mobility stimulates overall innovation of a country or region.

Abstract

We investigate the effect of mobility of highly skilled workers in Denmark on the total patenting activity of the firms involved for the population of R&D active Danish firms observed between 1999 and 2004. Our study documents how workers joining increase firms’ patenting activity. The effect is strongest if workers join from patent-active firms. We also find evidence of a positive feedback effect on 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 thus provides firm-level support for the notion that labor mobility stimulates overall innovation of a country or region.

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Other titles:Does the mobility of R&D labor increase innovation?
Item Type:Working Paper
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Business Administration
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Language:English
Date:30 June 2013
Deposited On:10 Sep 2019 14:15
Last Modified:25 Sep 2019 00:45
Series Name:UZH Business Working Paper Series
Number of Pages:28
ISSN:2296-0422
OA Status:Green
Related URLs:https://www.zora.uzh.ch/id/eprint/174247/
Other Identification Number:merlin-id:18196

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