Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/63978
Authors: 
Maliranta, Mika
Mohnen, Pierre
Rouvinen, Petri
Year of Publication: 
2008
Series/Report no.: 
ETLA Discussion Papers, The Research Institute of the Finnish Economy (ETLA) 1116
Abstract: 
An employer-employee panel is used to study whether the movement of workers across firms is a channel of unintended diffusion of R&D-generated knowledge. Somewhat surprisingly, hiring workers from others’ R&D labs to one’s own does not seem to be a significant spillover channel. Hiring workers previously in R&D to one’s non-R&D activities, however, boosts both productivity and profitability. This is interpreted as evidence that these workers transmit knowledge that can be readily copied and implemented without much additional R&D effort.
Subjects: 
Labor mobility, R&D spillovers, Profitability, Linked employer‐employee data
JEL: 
D62
J24
J62
L25
O31
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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