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International Knowledge Spillovers: The Benefits from Employing Immigrants

Jürgen Bitzer (), Erkan Gören () and Sanne Hiller ()
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Sanne Hiller: Aarhus University - Department of Economics and Business

Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Sanne Kruse-Becher ()

No 49 / 2015, ZenTra Working Papers in Transnational Studies from ZenTra - Center for Transnational Studies

Abstract: This paper explores the role of immigrant employees for a firm’s capability to absorb international knowledge. Using matched employer-employee data from Denmark for the years 1996 to 2009, we are able to show that non-Danish employees from technological advanced countries contribute significantly to a firm’s economic output through their ability to access international knowledge. The empirical results suggest that the immigrants’ impact increases if they come from technological advanced countries, have a high educational level, and are employed in high-skilled positions.

Keywords: R&D Spillovers; Absorptive Capacity; Firm-Level Analysis; Foreign Workers; Immigrants (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D20 J82 L20 O30 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 33 pages
Date: 2015-03
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cse, nep-eff, nep-ino, nep-int, nep-knm, nep-lab, nep-mig and nep-sbm
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