Ethnic Innovation and U.S. Multinational Firm Activity

  title={Ethnic Innovation and U.S. Multinational Firm Activity},
  author={C. Foley and W. Kerr},
  journal={NBER Working Paper Series},
  • C. Foley, W. Kerr
  • Published 2013
  • Computer Science, Business
  • NBER Working Paper Series
  • This paper studies the impact that immigrant innovators have on the global activities of U.S. firms by analyzing detailed data on patent applications and on the operations of the foreign affiliates of U.S. multinational firms. The results indicate that increases in the share of a firm's innovation performed by inventors of a particular ethnicity are associated with increases in the share of that firm's affiliate activity in their native countries. Ethnic innovators also appear to facilitate the… CONTINUE READING
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