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The employment of PhDs in firms: trajectories, mobility and innovation

AutorCruz Castro, Laura ; Sanz Menéndez, Luis
Palabras claveScience policy
PhDs
Companies
Labour career
Innovation
Spain
Fecha de publicaciónabr-2005
SerieDT 05-07
ResumenLabour markets for research are changing and the traditional segmentation model of the research labour market where the doctorate was mainly available in the economic sector is loosing ground. The paper studies a sample of PhDs and their corresponding employing firms to analyse patterns of mobility, economic returns and innovation outputs. Qualitative and quantitative indicators are combined to tackle two sets of general questions: The first relates to the incentives for doctorate holders to pursue company career versus an academic career. The second concerns the flexibility and/or reversibility of career options for young PhDs and the relative value of a doctorate outside academia. The results question the idea that the labour market for PhDs is tightly segmented and highlights the complementarity of PhDs' individual competencies and collective capabilities in the assessment of innovation outputs. They also demonstrate that economic returns are significantly different by gender.
DescripciónPublished in: Research Evaluation, vol 14.1: 57-69, April 2005
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/10261/1640
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