Applied Research in Economic Development, Vol. 5, No. 1, pp. 6-14, 2008
9 Pages Posted: 6 Jun 2008
Date Written: 2008
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.
Keywords: Immigrants, Engineering, Technology, Startup
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Wadhwa, Vivek and Saxenian, AnnaLee and Rissing, Ben A. and Gereffi, G., Skilled Immigration and Economic Growth (2008). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1141190