Does the Mobility of R&D Labor Increase Innovation?

27 Pages Posted: 29 Nov 2013

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Ulrich Kaiser

University of Zurich; ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research; University of Copenhagen - Centre for Industrial Economics; Government of the Kingdom of Denmark - Centre for Economic and Business Research

Hans Christian Kongsted

University of Copenhagen - Department of Economics; Centre for Economic and Business Research

Thomas Rønde

University of Copenhagen - Department of Economics; Center for Economic and Business Research (CEBR); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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Date Written: June 25, 2013

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.

Keywords: Labor mobility, innovation, research and development, patent

JEL Classification: J63, O32, C35

Suggested Citation

Kaiser, Ulrich and Kongsted, Hans Christian and Rønde, Thomas, Does the Mobility of R&D Labor Increase Innovation? (June 25, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2360203 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2360203

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Hans Christian Kongsted

University of Copenhagen - Department of Economics ( email )

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Denmark

Centre for Economic and Business Research

Langelinie Alli 17
DK-2100 Copenhagen
Denmark

Thomas Rønde

University of Copenhagen - Department of Economics ( email )

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