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The impact of hiring top workers on productivity: What is the role of absorptive capacity?
Örebro University, Örebro University School of Business.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0149-9598
Örebro University, Örebro University School of Business. Ratio Institute, Stockholm, Sweden. (EFGI)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3724-2399
2018 (English)In: Applied Economics Letters, ISSN 1350-4851, E-ISSN 1466-4291Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

We examine the heterogeneous productivity impacts of hiring top workers on small and medium-sized enterprises, exploiting matched employer–employee panel data and employing within-firm as well as matching and difference-in-difference estimators. The results provide robust evidence that the productivity impact is stronger for firms with higher absorptive capacity. Technological laggards within an industry benefit more strongly from hiring top workers if their workforce is more well-educated.

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Routledge, 2018.
Keywords [en]
Recruitment, knowledge spillover, productivity, SME, absorptive capacity
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Economics
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Economics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-64112DOI: 10.1080/13504851.2017.1422594OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-64112DiVA, id: diva2:1173625
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Snabbväxande företag och kunskapsöverföring
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The Jan Wallander and Tom Hedelius Foundation, W2013-0425:1Available from: 2018-01-12 Created: 2018-01-12 Last updated: 2018-01-15Bibliographically approved

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