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International Mobility of Inventors and Innovation: Empirical Evidence from the Collapse of the Soviet Union

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  • Gaetan de Rassenfosse

    (Ecole polytechnique federale de Lausanne)

  • Gabriele Pellegrino

    (Catholic University of Milan)

Abstract

This paper assesses the extent to which the international migration of inventors affects innovation in the receiving country. Drawing on a novel database that maps the migratory patterns of inventors, we exploit the end of the Soviet Union and the consequent post-1992 influx of ex-Soviet inventors to the United States. Econometric analysis on a panel of U.S. cities and technological fields shows that the patenting activity of U.S. inventors increased significantly after the arrival of ex-Soviet Union inventors.

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  • Gaetan de Rassenfosse & Gabriele Pellegrino, 2023. "International Mobility of Inventors and Innovation: Empirical Evidence from the Collapse of the Soviet Union," Working Papers 23, Chair of Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy.
  • Handle: RePEc:iip:wpaper:23
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    Keywords

    geographic mobility; innovation; inventors; patents;
    All these keywords.

    JEL classification:

    • O31 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Innovation and Invention: Processes and Incentives
    • O34 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Intellectual Property and Intellectual Capital
    • O51 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - U.S.; Canada
    • J61 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Geographic Labor Mobility; Immigrant Workers

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