High-Skilled Migration and Agglomeration

39 Pages Posted: 14 Feb 2017

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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

Date Written: February 13, 2017


This paper reviews recent research regarding high-skilled migration. We adopt a data-driven perspective, bringing together and describing several ongoing research streams that range from the construction of global migration databases, to the legal codification of national policies regarding high-skilled migration, to the analysis of patent data regarding cross-border inventor movements. A common theme throughout this research is the importance of agglomeration economies for explaining high-skilled migration. We highlight some key recent findings and outline major gaps that we hope will be tackled in the near future.

Keywords: migration, talent, diaspora, agglomeration

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, High-Skilled Migration and Agglomeration (February 13, 2017). Bank of Finland Research Discussion Paper No. 7/2017, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2916601

Sari Pekkala Kerr (Contact Author)

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William R. Kerr

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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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