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Skilled Immigration and Economic Growth


Vivek Wadhwa


Center for Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization, Pratt School of Engineering; Stanford University - Arthur & Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance

AnnaLee Saxenian


University of California, Berkeley - School of Information

Ben A. Rissing


Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Behavioral Policy Science (BPS)

G. Gereffi


Duke University - Department of Sociology - Director, Center on Globalization, Governance & Competitiveness

2008

Applied Research in Economic Development, Vol. 5, No. 1, pp. 6-14, 2008

Abstract:     
Skilled immigrants have achieved great success in founding U.S. engineering and technology startups, which have in turn contributed greatly to the country's economic growth over time. In this work we explore the educational attainment and career trajectories of these immigrant entrepreneurs. Our research confirms that advanced education in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) is correlated with high rates of entrepreneurship and innovation among both immigrant and U.S.-born founder populations. To maintain and grow the U.S. entrepreneurial landscape, future policy endeavors may target means of attracting and retaining innovative, highly skilled foreign minds.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 9

Keywords: Immigrants, Engineering, Technology, Startup

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Date posted: June 6, 2008  

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Wadhwa, Vivek and Saxenian, AnnaLee and Rissing, Ben A. and Gereffi, G., Skilled Immigration and Economic Growth (2008). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1141190

Contact Information

Vivek Wadhwa
Center for Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization, Pratt School of Engineering ( email )
Durham, NC 27708
United States
Stanford University - Arthur & Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance ( email )
Crown Quadrangle 559 Nathan Ab
Stanford, CA 94305-8610
United States
AnnaLee Saxenian
University of California, Berkeley - School of Information ( email )
102 South Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-4600
United States
Ben A. Rissing (Contact Author)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Behavioral Policy Science (BPS) ( email )
Cambridge, MA
United States
Gary Gereffi
Duke University - Department of Sociology - Director, Center on Globalization, Governance & Competitiveness ( email )
Box 90088
Durham, NC 27708-0204
United States
919-660-5880 (Phone)
919-684-2855 (Fax)
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