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THE IMPACT OF MANUFACTURING FIRMS’ USE OF ACADEMIC WORKERS ON THEIR PRODUCTIVITY LEVEL

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  • I thank Bart Verspagen, Aris Kaloudis and three anonymous referees for their helpful comments. Any remaining errors, omissions and opinions are my own.

ABSTRACT

We examine how firms’ productivity level, measured by the total factor productivity (TFP), is affected by their use of academic workers. A panel dataset of Norwegian manufacturing firms is used. Firms’ production level is shown to be negatively affected by their share of academic workers, but we find no clear relationship between this share and the TFP. If we account for the fact that there is an interaction between the share of academic workers and the capital stock, we find that this share has a non-significant effect on the production level.

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