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Productivity Gains from Worker Mobility and their Distribution between Workers and Firms

Andrey Stoyanov and Nick Zubanov

ERIM Report Series Research in Management from Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM), ERIM is the joint research institute of the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University and the Erasmus School of Economics (ESE) at Erasmus University Rotterdam

Abstract: Using data from the universe of Danish manufacturing firms and workers over the period 1995-2007, we estimate output gains linked to productivity spillovers through worker mobility, and calculate the shares in these gains accrued to firms, to the workers who bring spillovers, and to the rest of the workers. Applying our results to the manufacturing sector as a whole, the total output gains average at 0.16% per year, of which 80% is retained by the firms, 15% by the rest of the workers, and only 5% goes to the workers who bring spillovers. We therefore conclude that output gains through worker mobility are largely a positive externality for hiring firms.

Keywords: matched employer-employee data; productivity spillovers; wages; worker mobility (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D24 J31 J60 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2012-04-30
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