Understanding the Impact of Migration on Innovation

11 Pages Posted: 28 May 2014

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Paul H. Jensen

University of Melbourne - Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research

Date Written: June 2014

Abstract

Although immigration debates in the popular press sometimes focus on the perceived negative aspects, immigrants may actually stimulate innovation, thereby promoting job creation and enhancing productivity. Although there is an emerging international literature on the impact of migration on innovation, Australian studies are limited. Given the importance of net immigration to Australian society, this is an oversight. In this article, recent developments in the international literature on the migration–innovation relationship are critically reviewed and their implications for the debate in Australia are considered. Moreover, some ideas on how to improve the evidence base for policy‐making in Australia are proposed.

Suggested Citation

Jensen, Paul H., Understanding the Impact of Migration on Innovation (June 2014). Australian Economic Review, Vol. 47, Issue 2, pp. 240-250, 2014, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2442579 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-8462.12067

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