In an open economy immigration is a natural process. It certainly poses challenges for the host countries, but it also brings benefits, especially if migrants are highly skilled. The mobility of "talented" migrants has significant impact on the innovation capabilities and economic growth of the host country. In contrast, the loss of highly skilled workers deprives their home countries of the scientists, entrepreneurs and other professionals who drive their economies to higher levels of efficiency and productivity. The seminar will explore what moves highly skilled individuals across space as well as their impact for local innovation and entrepreneurship activity. It will focus on patent inventors, as they are deeply involved in the production of innovation and are important vehicle of knowledge transmission.
Dr Claire Economidou is Associate Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics at University of Piraeus, Greece and Senior Visiting Fellow at the Hellenic Observatory, LSE.
Dr Vassilis Monastiriotis is Associate Professor in the Political Economy of South Eastern Europe at the LSE
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A podcast for this event can be downloaded from Mobility of Highly-Skilled Individuals, Local Innovation and Entrepreneurship Activity
A PDF copy of the slides presented during the seminar is available here
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