, Volume 113, Issue 1, pp 83–103 | Cite as

Does intersectoral labour mobility pay for academics?

  • Timo TohmoEmail author
  • Jutta Viinikainen


Labour mobility plays a significant role in the diffusion of knowledge and economic growth. In this study, we examined academics’ incentives for mobility among university, private sector and government jobs. Using register data on doctoral degree holders in Finland, we found that moving from academia to the private sector is related to higher subsequent earnings, particularly among young academics and in hard sciences. However, frequent mobility across sectors was related to lower subsequent earnings.


Mobility Academics Triple helix Academia Private sector Public sector Wage Earnings 



We gratefully acknowledge funding from the Strategic Research Council (SRC) at the Academy of Finland for the project “Beyond MALPE-coordination: Integrative envisioning” (Number 303552). We also thank anonymous referees, Merja Kauhanen and Kristian Koerselman for their valuable comments and suggestions.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of JyväskyläJyväskyläFinland

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