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

In: US High-Skilled Immigration in the Global Economy

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  • Ina Ganguli

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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 the most likely to "spill over" to natives.
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  • Ina Ganguli, 2012. "Immigration and Ideas: What Did Russian Scientists "Bring" to the United States?," NBER Chapters, in: US High-Skilled Immigration in the Global Economy, pages 257-288, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  • Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberch:13244
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