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Worker Mobility and Productivity Spillovers

Roope Ohlsbom

No 95, ETLA Working Papers from The Research Institute of the Finnish Economy

Abstract: Abstract Using linked employer-employee data from Finland, we examine the mobility of workers between establishments as a source of productivity-affecting knowledge spillovers. We find evidence that hiring workers from more productive establishments leads to higher productivity in the following year. For an average establishment, this productivity increase amounts to 0.45 percent in our most conservative estimate. The observed productivity gains hold for a variety of specifications, and changes in the receiving establishments’ human capital stock are ruled out as an explanation.

Keywords: Worker mobility; Spillovers; Productivity; Human capital (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D22 D62 J21 J24 J62 L25 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 24 pages
Date: 2022-08-05
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-eff, nep-eur, nep-hrm, nep-lma and nep-ure
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