Cognitive Mobility : Labor Market Responses to Supply Shocks in the Space of Ideas

  title={Cognitive Mobility : Labor Market Responses to Supply Shocks in the Space of Ideas},
  author={George J. Borjas and Kirk B. Doran},
Knowledge producers conducting research on a particular set of questions may respond to supply and demand shocks by shifting resources to a different set of questions. Cognitive mobility measures the transition from one location to another in idea space. We examine the cognitive mobility flows unleashed by the influx of Soviet mathematicians into the United States after the collapse of the Soviet Union. The data reveal that American mathematicians moved away from fields that received large… CONTINUE READING


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