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The ties that bind and transform: knowledge remittances, relatedness and the direction of technical change

Valentina DI Iasio and Ernest Miguelez ()

Bordeaux Economics Working Papers from Bordeaux School of Economics (BSE)

Abstract: This study investigates whether high-skilled immigration in a sample of OECD countries fosters technological diversification in the migrants' countries of origin. We focus on migrant inventors and study their role as vectors of knowledge remittances. Further, we particularly analyze whether migrants spark related or unrelated diversification back home. To account for the uneven distribution of knowledge and immigrants within the host countries, we break down the analysis at the metropolitan area level. Our results suggest that inventors' diasporas have a positive effect on the home countries' technological diversification, particularly for developing countries and technologies with less related activities around - thus fostering unrelated diversification.

Keywords: high-skilled migrants; diversification; relatedness; unrelatedness; technological development (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F22 O31 O33 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-int, nep-mig, nep-tid and nep-ure
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