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Immigrants' Contribution to Innovativeness: Evidence from a Non-Selective Immigration Country

Katharina Candel-Haug, Alexander Cuntz and Oliver Falck ()

No 7409, CESifo Working Paper Series from CESifo Group Munich

Abstract: The economic consequences of migration are hotly debated and a main topic of recent populist movements across Europe. We analyze Polish immigration in the context of the 2004 enlargement of the European Union and find a positive and significant spillover effect of the immigrants on the number of local inventors in German counties in 2001-2010. For causal identification, we exploit a historical episode in the Polish migration history to Germany before the fall of the Iron Curtain and construct a shift-share instrument. Our results differ from findings for high-skilled migration to the United States, which is particularly interesting as Polish immigration to Germany was not based on selection by qualification in our period of analysis.

Keywords: migration; innovation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J61 O31 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-eec, nep-eur, nep-his, nep-lab, nep-mig and nep-ure
Date: 2018
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