NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH
NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

German-Jewish Emigres and U.S. Invention

Petra Moser, Alessandra Voena, Fabian Waldinger

NBER Working Paper No. 19962
Issued in March 2014

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We wish to thank seminar participants at the ASSA Meetings in Chicago, Bologna, Carnegie Mellon, Chicago, Collegio Carlo Alberto, Harvard, ISNIE, MIT, Naples, the NBER Group on the Development of the American Economy (DAE), and the NBER Group on High-Skilled Immigration, Northwestern, NYU, Paris, Sant’Anna Pisa, Stanford, St. Gallen, Torino, Tübingen, UBC, UCLA, and Warwick, as well as Claudia Goldin, Dietmar Harhoff, Eric Hilt, Naomi Lamoreaux, Maggie Levenstein, Neale Mahoney, Tom Nicholas, and Paul Rhode for helpful comments. We are especially indebted to Ryan Lampe for his invaluable help with collecting the patent data. Arthur Blouin, Mariela Dal Borgo, Nicola Bianchi, Anna Elisabeth Hage, Stephanie Lee, Marina Kutyavina, Michael Talbot, and Tilky Xu provided outstanding research assistance. Moser gratefully acknowledges financial support through NSF CAREER Grant 1,151,180 and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. The authors declare that they have no relevant or material financial interest that relate to the research described in this paper. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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