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The Supply Side of Innovation: H-1B Visa Reforms and US Ethnic Invention


William R. Kerr


Harvard University - Entrepreneurial Management Unit

William Fabius Lincoln


Johns Hopkins University - Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies

December 16, 2008

Harvard Business School Entrepreneurial Management Working Paper No. 09-005

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This study evaluates the impact of high-skilled immigrants on US technology formation. Specifically, we use reduced-form specifications that exploit large changes in the H-1B visa program. Fluctuations in H-1B admissions levels significantly influence the rate of Indian and Chinese patenting in cities and firms dependent upon the program relative to their peers. Most specifications find weak crowding-in effects or no effect at all for native patenting. Total invention increases with higher admission levels primarily through the direct contributions of ethnic inventors.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 50

Keywords: Innovation, Research and Development, Patents, Scientists, Engineers, Inventors, H-1B, Immigration, Ethnicity, India, China, Endogenous Growth.

JEL Classification: F15, F22, J44, J61, O31.

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Date posted: December 17, 2008  

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Kerr, William R. and Lincoln, William Fabius, The Supply Side of Innovation: H-1B Visa Reforms and US Ethnic Invention (December 16, 2008). Harvard Business School Entrepreneurial Management Working Paper No. 09-005. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1316942 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1316942

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William R. Kerr (Contact Author)
Harvard University - Entrepreneurial Management Unit ( email )
Soldiers Field Road
Morgan 270C
Boston, MA 02163
United States
William Fabius Lincoln
Johns Hopkins University - Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies ( email )
1740 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036-1984
United States
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