nep-sog New Economics Papers
on Sociology of Economics
Issue of 2015‒08‒19
one paper chosen by
Jonas Holmström
Axventure AB

  1. Flying the nest: How the home department shapes researchers' career paths By Hottenrott, Hanna; Lawson, Cornelia

  1. By: Hottenrott, Hanna; Lawson, Cornelia
    Abstract: This paper studies the importance of the socialization environment - nest - for the career destinations of early career researchers. In a sample of research groups in the fields of science and engineering at universities in Germany, we identify research orientation, output, funding as well as openness to industry and commercialization as relevant components. Nests that attract more public funding and are led by professors with high research performance are more likely to produce researchers that take jobs in public research, while links to industry predict jobs in the private sector. In a more nuanced analysis that differs by type of industry employment we find that larger firms also recruit from groups with higher scientific performance, while SMEs recruit from nests with a higher patent productivity. A focus on experimental development instead is associated with academic start-ups, and an applied focus with employment in consulting. Recommendations for research training are discussed.
    Keywords: Researcher Mobility,Research Groups,Research Funding,Science-Industry Technology Transfer,Academic Careers
    Date: 2015

This nep-sog issue is ©2015 by Jonas Holmström. It is provided as is without any express or implied warranty. It may be freely redistributed in whole or in part for any purpose. If distributed in part, please include this notice.
General information on the NEP project can be found at For comments please write to the director of NEP, Marco Novarese at <>. Put “NEP” in the subject, otherwise your mail may be rejected.
NEP’s infrastructure is sponsored by the School of Economics and Finance of Massey University in New Zealand.