publication . Article . 2015

Immigration and Ideas: What Did Russian Scientists "Bring" to the United States?

Ina Ganguli;
  • Published: 01 Jan 2015 Journal: Journal of Labor Economics, volume 33, pages S257-S288 (issn: 0734-306X, eissn: 1537-5307, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
This paper examines how high-skilled immigrants contribute to knowledge diffusion using a rich data set of Russian scientists and US citations to Soviet-era publications. Analysis of a panel of US cities and scientific fields shows that citations to Soviet-era work increased significantly with the arrival of immigrants. A difference-in-differences analysis with matched paper pairs also shows that after Russian scientists moved to the United States, citations to their Soviet-era papers increased relative to control papers. Both strategies reveal scientific field-specific effects. Ideas in high-impact papers and papers previously accessible to US scientists were t...
free text keywords: Economics, Labour economics, Immigration, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Regional science, Operations research
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