Educational Diversity and Knowledge Transfers Via Inter-Firm Labor Mobility

34 Pages Posted: 22 Mar 2014

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Marianna Marino

Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Pierpaolo Parrotta

Aarhus University - School of Business and Social Sciences

Dario Pozzoli

Aarhus University - School of Business and Social Sciences

Abstract

This article contributes to the literature on knowledge transfer via labor mobility by providing new evidence regarding the role of educational diversity in knowledge transfer. In tracing worker flows between firms in Denmark over the period 1995-2005, we find that knowledge carried by workers who have been previously exposed to educationally diverse workforces significantly increases the productivity of hiring firms. Several extensions of our baseline specification support this finding and show that insignificant effects are associated with the prior exposure of newly hired employees to either demographic or culturally diverse workplaces.

Keywords: educational diversity, knowledge transfer, inter-firm labor mobility, firm productivity

JEL Classification: J24, J60, L20

Suggested Citation

Marino, Marianna and Parrotta, Pierpaolo and Pozzoli, Dario, Educational Diversity and Knowledge Transfers Via Inter-Firm Labor Mobility. IZA Discussion Paper No. 8033, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2412854 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2412854

Marianna Marino (Contact Author)

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Pierpaolo Parrotta

Aarhus University - School of Business and Social Sciences ( email )

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Dario Pozzoli

Aarhus University - School of Business and Social Sciences ( email )

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