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The Gift of Global Talent: Innovation Policy and the Economy

William R. Kerr


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Chapter in forthcoming NBER book Innovation Policy and the Economy, Volume 20, Josh Lerner and Scott Stern, editors
Conference held April 16, 2019
Forthcoming from University of Chicago Press
in NBER Book Series Innovation Policy and the Economy

Talent is the most precious resource for today’s knowledge-based economy, and a significant share of the U.S. skilled workforce in technology fields is foreign born. The United States has long held a leading position in attracting global talent, but the gap to other countries is weakening. Immigration policies like the H-1B visa program shape the admissions of foreign workers to the country and grant a particularly strong gatekeeping role to sponsoring firms and universities. This chapter explores the data around global talent flows and some of the economic implications of an employer-driven immigration approach.

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This chapter first appeared as NBER working paper w25875, The Gift of Global Talent: Innovation Policy and the Economy, William R. Kerr
 
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