Invisible Geniuses: Could the Knowledge Frontier Advance Faster?

CERGE-EI Working Paper Series No. 634

66 Pages Posted: 11 Feb 2019

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Ruchir Agarwal

International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Patrick Gaulé

Charles University in Prague - CERGE-EI (Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education - Economics Institute)

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Date Written: January 1, 2019

Abstract

The advancement of the knowledge frontier is crucial for technological innovation and human progress. Using novel data from the setting of mathematics, this paper establishes two results. First, we document that individuals who demonstrate exceptional talent in their teenage years have an irreplaceable ability to create new ideas over their lifetime, suggesting that talent is a central ingredient in the production of knowledge. Second, such talented individuals born in low- or middle-income countries are systematically less likely to become knowledge producers. Our findings suggest that policies to encourage exceptionally-talented youth to pursue scientific careers–especially those from lower income countries–could accelerate the advancement of the knowledge frontier.

Suggested Citation

Agarwal, Ruchir and Gaulé, Patrick, Invisible Geniuses: Could the Knowledge Frontier Advance Faster? (January 1, 2019). CERGE-EI Working Paper Series No. 634. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3325595 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3325595

Ruchir Agarwal (Contact Author)

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Patrick Gaulé

Charles University in Prague - CERGE-EI (Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education - Economics Institute) ( email )

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Prague 1, 111 21
Czech Republic

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