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Global Talent Flows

Sari Pekkala Kerr, William Kerr, Çaǧlar Özden, Christopher Parsons

NBER Working Paper No. 22715
Issued in October 2016
NBER Program(s):Development Economics, Labor Studies, Productivity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship

The global distribution of talent is highly skewed and the resources available to countries to develop and utilize their best and brightest vary substantially. The migration of skilled workers across countries tilts the deck even further. Using newly available data, we first review the landscape of global talent mobility, which is both asymmetric and rising in importance. We next consider the determinants of global talent flows at the individual and firm levels and sketch some important implications. Third, we review the national gatekeepers for skilled migration and broad differences in approaches used to select migrants for admission. Looking forward, the capacity of people, firms, and countries to successfully navigate this tangled web of global talent will be critical to their success.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w22715

Published: Sari Pekkala Kerr & William Kerr & Çağlar Özden & Christopher Parsons, 2016. "Global Talent Flows," Journal of Economic Perspectives, vol 30(4), pages 83-106. citation courtesy of

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