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Knowledge Spillovers of Innovation Policy through Labor Mobility: An Impact Evaluation of the FONTAR Program in Argentina

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dc.description.abstract Although knowledge spillovers are at the core of the innovation policy’s justification, they have never been properly measured by any impact evaluation. This paper fills this gap by estimating the spillover effects of the FONTAR program in Argentina. We use an employer-employee matched panel dataset with the entire population of firms and workers in Argentina for the period 2002-2010. This dataset allows us to track the mobility of qualified workers from FONTAR beneficiary firms to other firms and, therefore, to identify firms that indirectly benefit from the program through knowledge diffusion. We use a combination of fixed effect and matching to estimate the causal effect—direct and indirect—of the program on various measures of performance. Our findings are robust to a placebo test based on anticipatory effects and show that the program increased employment, wages, and the exporting probability of both direct and indirect beneficiaries. The analysis of the dynamic of these effects confirms that performance does not improve immediately after the treatment for neither direct nor indirect beneficiaries. en
dc.title Knowledge Spillovers of Innovation Policy through Labor Mobility: An Impact Evaluation of the FONTAR Program in Argentina en
dc.contributor.author Castillo, Victoria
dc.contributor.author Maffioli, Alessandro
dc.contributor.author Rojo, Sofia
dc.contributor.author Stucchi, Rodolfo
dc.date.accessioned 2018-02-23T20:59:01Z
dc.date.available 2018-02-23T20:59:01Z
dc.date.issued 2018-02-23
dc.identifier.uri http://lacer.lacea.org/handle/123456789/64780
lacea.language.supported en
dc.description Working paper
dc.language.iso en
dc.subject Innovation
dc.subject Labor Mobility
dc.subject Knowledge Diffusion
dc.subject Spillovers
dc.subject Policy Evaluation
dc.type Working Paper


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