Rajshree Agarwal

Rajshree Agarwal

Rajshree Agarwal is the Rudolph P. Lamone Chair and Professor in Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland and director of the Ed Snider Center for Enterprise and Markets. Rajshree’s research interests focus on the implications of entrepreneurship and innovation for industry and firm evolution. Her recent projects examine the micro-foundations of macro phenomena, linking knowledge diffusion among firms, industries, and regions to the underlying mechanisms of employee entrepreneurship and mobility.

When Noncompete Agreements Hurt Everyone

When employees sign noncompete agreements, they are bound from changing jobs within their industry or breaking out to start a company on their own. These agreements have been upheld in most states based on an employee’s freedom to enter into contracts. But what are the consequences for the labor market as a whole when these contracts are enforceable and used en masse? New research finds that the mass use of enforceable noncompetes is associated with negative consequences for the whole labor market, even for those who don’t have to sign them.

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