Innovative partnerships resulting from high-skilled emigration

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Purpose: This paper aims to examine whether emigration of high-skilled labor creates a positive effect in the home country by generating multi-country joint patent relationships between home and destination country-pairs. Design/methodology/approach: A panel of data that uniquely captures the country of origin of patent applicants is used to assess if and how high-skilled emigration contributes to the prevalence of multi-country joint patents in a country. The analysis is conducted both in aggregate and across sub-samples based on the per capita income level of the home country. Finally, the role of absorptive capacity as a control variable is robustly considered. Findings: Results suggest that emigration of high-skilled labor positively impacts the prevalence of multi-country joint patent ownership when emigration originates from middle- and high-income countries. Support for such “brain gain” via knowledge sharing in innovation is absent when high-skilled labor emigrates from low-income countries. Originality/value: The analysis highlights a specific avenue by which the home country benefits from high-skilled emigration. It also provides comparative analysis across home countries of different income levels, which can provide insight into the external validity of papers using high-income country samples of innovative performance when assessing knowledge spillovers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)161-173
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Development Issues
Volume16
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2017

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  • Development
  • Political Science and International Relations

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Innovative partnerships resulting from high-skilled emigration. / Briggs, Kristie.

In: International Journal of Development Issues, Vol. 16, No. 2, 2017, p. 161-173.

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