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The authors estimate the relative contribution of mobile scientists who leave academia for the private sector on the subsequent innovative performance of the firms they join. They use data on the population of Danish firms and their R&D workers for the period 1999-2004 and measure innovation performance by the (value-adjusted) number of patent applications at the European Patent Office. They compare the efficacy of mobile former university scientists to the effects of mobile workers hired from other firms as well as immobile workers on the innovation performance of their employer.
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