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Title:The elite brain drain PDF Logo
Authors:Hunter, Rosalind S.
Oswald, Andrew J.
Charlton, Bruce G.
Issue Date:2009
Series/Report no.:IZA discussion papers 4005
Abstract:We collect data on the movement and productivity of elite scientists. Their mobility is remarkable: nearly half of the world's most-cited physicists work outside their country of birth. We show they migrate systematically towards nations with large R&D spending. Our study cannot adjudicate on whether migration improves scientists' productivity, but we find that movers and stayers have identical h-index citations scores. Immigrants in the UK and US now win Nobel Prizes proportionately less often than earlier. US residents' h-indexes are relatively high. We describe a framework where a key role is played by low mobility costs in the modern world.
Subjects:Mobility
science
brain drain
citations
JEL:O3
J6
Persistent Identifier of the first edition:urn:nbn:de:101:1-20090304334
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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