Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Papers in Innovation Studies,
Lund University, CIRCLE - Centre for Innovation Research

No 2019/14: Does Mobility across Universities Raise Scientific Productivity?

Olof Ejermo (), Claudio Fassio () and John Källström ()
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Olof Ejermo: Lund University, Postal: Sweden
Claudio Fassio: Lund University, Postal: Sweden
John Källström: Lund University, Postal: Sweden

Abstract: Using a highly comprehensive new dataset on Swedish researchers, we investigate the effects of interuniversity mobility on researcher productivity. Our study suggests substantial gains from mobility on scientific output. We find that mobility induces a long-lasting increase in a researcher’s publications by 29% and citations by 50%. Moreover, we analyze the factors that are likely to have an impact on the overall effect of mobility: the interaction of mobility and promotion, the importance of the status of the destination university, as well as the role of the specific disciplinary field of mobile researchers. The empirical analysis addresses selection using inverse probability treatment censoring weights.

Keywords: Economics of science; mobility; scientific productivity; university

JEL-codes: I23; J24; O31

50 pages, October 4, 2019

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