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The International Mobility of Talent and Innovation
New Evidence and Policy Implications


Part of Intellectual Property, Innovation and Economic Development

Carsten Fink, Ernest Miguélez, Çaglar Özden, Christopher Parsons, Stefano Breschi, Francesco Lissoni, Gianluca Tarasconi, Julio Raffo, William Kerr, Ajay K. Agrawal, Alireza Naghavi, François Kaboré
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  • Date Published: June 2017
  • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from February 2019
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107174245

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  • The international mobility of talented individuals is a key part of globalization. In the quest to promote innovation and entrepreneurship, many governments have sought to attract skilled migrants from abroad, inciting both a global competition for talent and concerns about the displacement of domestic workers. This important new work investigates why skilled individuals migrate and how they shape innovation around the world. Using patent data from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), it charts patterns of high-skilled migration worldwide. In addition, contributions by leading migration scholars review the latest research insights, discuss new approaches to studying high-skilled migration and present fresh evidence on the causes and consequences of greater talent mobility. This book will prove invaluable to policymakers seeking to understand how migration policy choices affect innovation outcomes as well as academic researchers interested in the migration-innovation nexus.

    • Offers a new approach to studying skilled migration by analyzing key patent data
    • Appeals to readers outside the academic economics profession by avoiding excessive econometric treatments
    • Consolidates a number of approaches by reviewing the state of the art, discussing policy implications and identifying areas for future research
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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107174245
    • length: 322 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 156 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.59kg
    • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from February 2019
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: the international mobility of talent and innovation: new evidence and policy implications Carsten Fink and Ernest Miguélez
    Part I. The International Mobility of Inventors: Data and Stylized Facts:
    2. International mobility of knowledge workers and high-skilled migration Çaglar Özden and Christopher Parsons
    3. Inventor data for research on migration and innovation: a survey and a pilot Stefano Breschi, Francesco Lissoni and Gianluca Tarasconi
    4. Measuring the international mobility of inventors: a new database Ernest Miguélez and Carsten Fink
    5. The determinants of the international mobility of inventors Carsten Fink, Ernest Miguélez and Julio Raffo
    Part II. Migration, IP, Diasporas, Knowledge Flows and Innovation:
    6. US high-skilled immigration, innovation, and entrepreneurship: empirical approaches and evidence William Kerr
    7. Diaspora networks, knowledge flows and brain drain Ajay K. Agrawal
    8. Intellectual property protection and the brain drain Alireza Naghavi
    9. Brain drain, intellectual property rights and development in Africa François Kaboré.

  • Editors

    Carsten Fink, World Intellectual Property Organization
    Carsten Fink is Chief Economist of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Geneva. Before joining WIPO, he was Professor of International Economics at the Universität St Gallen, Switzerland and held visiting scholar positions at the Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques (Sciences Po) in Paris. Prior to his academic appointments, Professor Fink worked for more than ten years at the World Bank.

    Ernest Miguelez, GREThA UMR CNRS 5113, Université de Bordeaux
    Ernest Miguelez is Researcher at the Centre National de Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), attached to Université Montesquieu, Bordeaux IV. He received his Ph.D. from the Universitat de Barcelona in 2013. He previously held a research economist position at the World Intellectual Property Organization.


    Carsten Fink, Ernest Miguélez, Çaglar Özden, Christopher Parsons, Stefano Breschi, Francesco Lissoni, Gianluca Tarasconi, Julio Raffo, William Kerr, Ajay K. Agrawal, Alireza Naghavi, François Kaboré

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