Global Talent Flows

28 Pages Posted: 9 Feb 2017

See all articles by Sari Pekkala Kerr

Sari Pekkala Kerr

Charles River Associates (CRA)

William Kerr

Harvard University - Entrepreneurial Management Unit

Caglar Ozden

World Bank - Research Department

Christopher Robert Parsons

The University of Western Australia - Department of Economics

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Date Written: January 11, 2017


The global distribution of talent is highly skewed and the resources available to countries to develop and utilize their best and brightest vary substantially. The migration of skilled workers across countries tilts the deck even further. Using newly available data, we first review the landscape of global talent mobility, which is both asymmetric and rising in importance. We next consider the determinants of global talent flows at the individual and firm levels and sketch some important implications. Third, we review the national gatekeepers for skilled migration and broad differences in approaches used to select migrants for admission. Looking forward, the capacity of people, firms, and countries to successfully navigate this tangled web of global talent will be critical to their success.

Keywords: migration, talent, diaspora

JEL Classification: F15, F22, J15, J31, J44, L14, L26, O31, O32, O33

Suggested Citation

Pekkala Kerr, Sari and Kerr, William R. and Özden, Çaglar and Parsons, Christopher Robert, Global Talent Flows (January 11, 2017). Bank of Finland Research Discussion Paper No. 2/2017. Available at SSRN:

Sari Pekkala Kerr (Contact Author)

Charles River Associates (CRA) ( email )

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William R. Kerr

Harvard University - Entrepreneurial Management Unit ( email )

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Çaglar Özden

World Bank - Research Department ( email )

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Christopher Robert Parsons

The University of Western Australia - Department of Economics ( email )

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Crawley, Western Australia 6009

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