KTH/CESIS Working Paper Series in Economics and Institutions of Innovation
Leaning from multinational companies through hiring: An empirical investigation.
Abstract: Labor mobility is mechanism for transfer the technology
and innovation from multinational firms (MNEs) to non-multinational firms
(non-MNEs). In this paper, we use a unique employer-employee data set in
Sweden to provide individual-firm match dataset. Using the special research
framework, we provide empirical evidence that hiring workers from MNEs can
lead to knowledge spillover to non-MNEs and convert to innovation, even
after controlling the region, industry and year effect, individuals’ and
firms’ characteristics. We find hiring workers from a domestic MNEs
generates stronger spillover effects compare to foreign MNEs and
higher-educated workers are better able to transfer the knowledge.
Keywords: Multinational enterprise; Ownership; Labor mobility; knowledge spillover; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: F23; J61; O33; (follow links to similar papers)
38 pages, April 13, 2015
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