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Does skilled migration foster innovative performance? Evidence from British local areas

Gagliardi, Luisa (2015) Does skilled migration foster innovative performance? Evidence from British local areas. Papers in Regional Science, 94 (4). pp. 773-794. ISSN 1056-8190

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What is the effect of an increase in the stock of human capital due to skilled immigration on the innovative performance of recipient economies? Combining firm-level micro-data with area-level labour force information, this paper investigates the impact of skilled international migration inflows on firms' product and process innovation in British local labour market areas. The paper supports the evidence in favour of a causal link between immigration and innovation. Results also show that the nature of the innovative process and the typology of innovative activities performed by local firms play a key role in the relation between immigration and innovation. --- Thanks to Steve Gibbons, Andres Rodriguez Pose, Riccardo Crescenzi, Ian Gordon, Olmo Silva, the personnel of the Secure Data Service (SDS), the participants to the LSE-SERC WP, LSE-Labour WP Seminars and the CESifo Conference 2012 for suggestions and comments. All errors remain my own. Disclaimers: This work contains statistical data from ONS which is Crown copyright and reproduced with the permission of the controller of HMSO and Queen's Printer for Scotland. The use of these data does not imply the endorsement of the data owner or the Secure Data Service at the UK Data Archive in relation to the interpretation or analysis of the data. This work uses research datasets, which may not exactly reproduce National Statistics aggregates. The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union Seventh Framework Programme FP7/2007-2013 under grant agreement n° SSH-CT-2010-266959; project PICK-ME.

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Additional Information: © 2014 The Author(s). Papers in Regional Science © 2014 RSAI
Divisions: Geography & Environment
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
JEL classification: J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J6 - Mobility, Unemployment, and Vacancies > J61 - Geographic Labor Mobility; Immigrant Workers
O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O1 - Economic Development > O15 - Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration
O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O3 - Technological Change; Research and Development > O31 - Innovation and Invention: Processes and Incentives
Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2014 09:58
Last Modified: 21 May 2024 21:30

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