Economics (UWA Business School)
The University of Western Australia (M251)
35 Stirling Highway, CRAWLEY WA 6009, Australia
NBER Working Papers and Publications
|December 2016||High-Skilled Migration and Agglomeration|
with Sari Pekkala Kerr, William Kerr, Çaǧlar Özden: w22926
This paper reviews recent research regarding high-skilled migration. We adopt a data-driven perspective, bringing together and describing several ongoing research streams that range from the construction of global migration databases, to the legal codification of national policies regarding high-skilled migration, to the analysis of patent data regarding cross-border inventor movements. A common theme throughout this research is the importance of agglomeration economies for explaining high-skilled migration. We highlight some key recent findings and outline major gaps that we hope will be tackled in the near future.
Published: Sari Pekkala Kerr & William Kerr & Çağlar Özden & Christopher Parsons, 2017. "High-Skilled Migration and Agglomeration," Annual Review of Economics, vol 9(1), pages 201-234. citation courtesy of
|October 2016||Global Talent Flows|
with Sari Pekkala Kerr, William Kerr, Çaǧlar Özden: w22715
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.
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