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

The ties that bind and transform: knowledge remittances, relatedness and the direction of technical change
The ties that bind and transform: knowledge remittances, relatedness and the direction of technical change
This study investigates whether high-skilled migration 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 migrants within the host countries, we break down the analysis at the metropolitan area level. Our results suggest that migrant inventors 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.
F22, Migration, O31, O33, diversification, inventors, technical change
1468-2702
423-448
Di Iasio, Valentina
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Miguelez, Ernest
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Di Iasio, Valentina
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Miguelez, Ernest
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Di Iasio, Valentina and Miguelez, Ernest (2022) The ties that bind and transform: knowledge remittances, relatedness and the direction of technical change. Journal of Economic Geography, 22 (2), 423-448. (doi:10.1093/jeg/lbab044).

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This study investigates whether high-skilled migration 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 migrants within the host countries, we break down the analysis at the metropolitan area level. Our results suggest that migrant inventors 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.

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Accepted/In Press date: 28 October 2021
e-pub ahead of print date: 29 November 2021
Published date: 1 March 2022
Additional Information: Publisher Copyright: © 2021 The Author(s) (2021). Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved. For permissions, please email: journals.permissions@oup.com.
Keywords: F22, Migration, O31, O33, diversification, inventors, technical change

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Local EPrints ID: 456726
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/456726
ISSN: 1468-2702
PURE UUID: 73f156c7-c9e3-49d4-bf58-c4697cafac8f
ORCID for Valentina Di Iasio: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-9775-8306

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Date deposited: 10 May 2022 16:40
Last modified: 02 Dec 2022 03:01

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Author: Valentina Di Iasio ORCID iD
Author: Ernest Miguelez

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