Productivity pay-offs from academic mobility: should I stay or should I go?


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Authors
Fernandez-Zubieta, Ana 
Geuna, Aldo 
Lawson, Cornelia 
Abstract

This article analyses the impact of interorganizational mobility on academic performance. We develop a theoretical framework based on the job-matching approach adapted for researchers. The empirical analysis studies the careers of a sample of 171 UK academics, spanning 1957 to 2005. We find no evidence that mobility per se increases academic performance. Only mobility to ‘better’ departments has a positive weakly significant impact, while downward mobility reduces researchers’ productivity. Job mobility is always associated with a short-term decrease in performance.

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This is the author accepted manuscript. It is currently embargoed pending publication.

Keywords
academic labor market, research productivity, researcher mobility
Journal Title
INDUSTRIAL AND CORPORATE CHANGE
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Journal ISSN
0960-6491
1464-3650
Volume Title
25
Publisher
Oxford University Press (OUP)
Sponsorship
This work was supported by the European Commission (FP7) Project ’An Observatorium for Science in Society based in Social Models – SISOB’ [Contract no.: FP7 266588]; and the Collegio Carlo Alberto Project ‘Researcher Mobility and Scientific Performance’.