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High-Skill Immigration Conference


Sarah Turner and William Kerr, Organizers


October 25, 2012



3rd Floor Conference Room

1050 Massachusetts Avenue

Cambridge, MA




8:00 am

Shuttle from Sonesta



8:15 am

Coffee and pastries



8:30 am




8:40 am

Jennifer Hunt, Rutgers University and NBER


Does the United States Admit the Best and Brightest Computer and Engineering Workers??



9:20 am

Gordon Hanson, University of California at San Diego and NBER


Jeffrey Grogger, University of Chicago and NBER


Attracting Talent: Location Choices of Foreign-Born PhDs in the US



10:00 am




10:20 am

Paula Stephan, Georgia State University and NBER


Chiara Franzoni, Politecnico di Milano


Giuseppe Scellato, Politecnico di Torino


The Comings of the Foreign-born for PhD and Postdoctoral Study: A Sixteen Country Perspective



11:00 am

Ina Ganguli, Harvard University


Immigration & Ideas: What Did Russian Scientists `Bring' to the US?



11:40 am




11:55 am

George Borjas, Harvard University and NBER

Kirk Doran, University of Notre Dame


Intellectual Mobility: Native Responses to Supply Shocks in the Space of Ideas



12:35 pm




1:15 pm

Richard Freeman, Harvard University and NBER


Wei Huang, Harvard University


Collaborating With People Like Me: Ethnic Co-authorship within the US



1:55 pm

John Bound, University of Michigan and NBER


Breno Braga, University of Michigan


Joseph Golden, University of Michigan


Recruitment of Foreigners in the Market for Computer Scientists in the US



2:35 pm




2:55 pm

William Kerr, Harvard University and NBER


Sari Kerr, Wellesley College


William Lincoln, Johns Hopkins University


Skilled Immigration and the Employment Structures and Innovation Rates of U.S. Firms



3:35 pm

Michael Clemens, Center for Global Development


The Effect of International Migration on Productivity: Evidence from Randomized Allocation of U.S. Visas to Software Workers at an Indian Firm



4:15 pm

Panel: Future of research on high skill immigration (What are big “unanswered” questions? What are data needs?)



5:15 pm




6:30 pm

Conference dinner, Bambara in the Hotel Marlowe across the street from the Sonesta.