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Brain Drain or Brain Bank? The Impact of Skilled Emigration on Poor-Country Innovation

Ajay Agrawal, Devesh Kapur, John McHale

NBER Working Paper No. 14592
Issued in December 2008

---- Acknowledgements -----

We thank Alex Oettl, who provided excellent research assistance. We also thank seminar participants at the University of Lille and the University of Toronto for valuable comments. Avi Goldfarb, Gordon Hanson, Ramana Nanda, Caglar Ozden, Tim Simcoe, and Will Strange provided especially detailed feedback. This research was funded by the Martin Prosperity Institute's Program on Innovation and Creative Industries, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (Grant No. 410-2004-1770 and Grant No. 537-2004-1006) and by Harvard University's Weatherhead Initiative grant. Their support is gratefully acknowledged. Errors and omissions are our own. The views expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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