publication . Research . Preprint . 2014

Immigration & Ideas: What Did Russian Scientists 'Bring' to the US?

Ganguli, Ina;
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  • Published: 19 Nov 2014
  • Publisher: Stockholm: Stockholm School of Economics, Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics (SITE)
Abstract
This paper examines how high-skilled immigrants contribute to knowledge diffusion using a rich dataset 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 US, 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 the most like...
Subjects
free text keywords: J40, J61, O33, high skill immigration, citations, innovation, Russia, high skill immigration; citations; innovation; Russia, ddc:330, jel:J40, jel:J61, jel:O33
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