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

Ana Fernández-Zubieta, Aldo Geuna, Cornelia Lawson

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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 1957-2005. 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.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberdtv034
Pages (from-to)91-114
Number of pages24
JournalIndustrial and Corporate Change
Issue number1
Early online date30 Jun 2015
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics


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