Cristian I. Jara Figueroa
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MIT Medial Lab
75 Amherst St.
Cambridge, MA 02139
Institutional Affiliation: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
NBER Working Papers and Publications
|July 2018||The Role of Industry, Occupation, and Location-Specific Knowledge in the Survival of New Firms|
with Bogang Jun, Edward L. Glaeser, César Hidalgo: w24868
How do regions acquire the knowledge they need to diversify their economic activities? How does the migration of workers among firms and industries contribute to the diffusion of that knowledge? Here we measure the industry, occupation, and location specific knowledge carried by workers from one establishment to the next using a dataset summarizing the individual work history for an entire country. We study pioneer firms–firms operating in an industry that was not present in a region–because the success of pioneers is the basic unit of regional economic diversification. We find that the growth and survival of pioneers increase significantly when their first hires are workers with experience in a related industry, and with work experience in the same location, but not with past experience i...