“Another roof, another proof”: the impact of mobility on individual productivity in science

  • Valentina TartariEmail author
  • Francesco Di Lorenzo
  • Benjamin A. Campbell


The mobility of highly skilled employees is seen as a critical way for organizations to transfer knowledge and to improve organizational performance. Yet, the relationship between mobility and individual performance is still largely a theoretical and empirical puzzle. Integrating human capital mobility research and the economics of science literature, we argue that mobility of academics should have a positive effect on individual productivity. Additionally, we argue that this positive effect is strengthened when academics move towards better-endowed institutions. We find support for our predictions using a unique dataset of 348 academics working in biology department in the United Kingdom supplemented with qualitative evidence from a survey of the focal academic researchers.


Mobility Academic researchers Scientific productivity Organizational resources Arellano–Bond 

JEL Classification

J24 J62 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Strategy and InnovationCopenhagen Business SchoolFrederiksbergDenmark
  2. 2.Department of Strategy and InnovationCopenhagen Business SchoolFrederiksbergDenmark
  3. 3.Fisher College of BusinessThe Ohio State UniversityColumbusUSA

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