We are particularly grateful to the Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE) at Oxford University for providing the data and to Francis Teal for advice on the data and useful discussions. Earlier versions of the paper were presented at the Mid-West International Economics meeting at Notre Dame, the Development Economics Study Group (DESG) conference in Nottingham, a workshop at the Institute for International Integration Studies (IIIS) in Dublin and a seminar at the University of Leicester. Thanks are due to Laurie-Ann Agama, Salvador Barrios, Carl Davidson, David Fielding, Sourafel Girma, David Greenaway, Keith Head, Philip Lane, Bob Lipsey, Fanis Mamuneas, Ray Riezman, Mark Schaffer, Beata Smarzynska Javorcik, Dirk te Velde and two anonymous referees for helpful comments. Görg gratefully acknowledges financial support from the Leverhulme Trust (Programme Grant F114/BF).
Spillovers from Foreign Firms through Worker Mobility: An Empirical Investigation*
Article first published online: 16 DEC 2005
The Scandinavian Journal of Economics
Volume 107, Issue 4, pages 693–709, December 2005
How to Cite
Görg, H. and Strobl, E. (2005), Spillovers from Foreign Firms through Worker Mobility: An Empirical Investigation. The Scandinavian Journal of Economics, 107: 693–709. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9442.2005.00427.x
- Issue published online: 16 DEC 2005
- Article first published online: 16 DEC 2005
- First version submitted January 2004; final version received July 2004.
- Foreign direct investment;
- worker mobility;
- F 21;
- F 23;
While there is a large empirical literature on productivity spillovers from multinationals, this literature treats the channels through which these spillover effects work as a black box. The new approach in this paper is to investigate whether spillovers occur via worker mobility. We use data on whether or not the owner of a domestic firm has previous experience in a multinational, and relate this information to firm-level productivity. Our results suggest that firms which are run by owners who worked for multinationals in the same industry immediately prior to opening up their own firm are more productive than other domestic firms.