Skilled migration and innovation in European industries

Claudio Fassio, Fabio Montobbio*, Alessandra Venturini

*Autore corrispondente per questo lavoro

Risultato della ricerca: Contributo in rivistaArticolo in rivistapeer review

20 Citazioni (Scopus)


This paper studies the effects of skilled migration on innovation –proxied by patent citations- in European industries between 1994 and 2005, using the French and the UK Labour Force Surveys and the German Microcensus. Highly-educated migrants have a positive effect on innovation, but the effect differs across industries. It is stronger in industries with low levels of overeducation, high levels of FDIs and openness to trade and, finally, in industries with higher ethnic diversity. The aggregate effect of the skilled immigrant is about one third the one of the skilled natives. We tackle the endogeneity of migrants with a set of external and internal instruments.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)706-718
Numero di pagine13
RivistaResearch Policy
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2019


  • Europe
  • Innovation
  • Migration
  • Patents
  • Skills


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