Immigration and the Rise of American Ingenuity

  title={Immigration and the Rise of American Ingenuity},
  author={Ufuk Akcigit and J. Eugene Grigsby and Tom Nicholas},
  journal={Kauffman: Large Research Projects - NBER (Topic)},
This paper builds on the analysis in Akcigit et al. (2017) by using US patent and Census data to examine macro and micro-level aspects of the relationship between immigration and innovation. We construct a measure of foreign born expertise and show that technology areas where immigrant inventors were prevalent between 1880 and 1940 experienced more patenting and citations between 1940 and 2000. We also show that immigrant inventors were more productive during their life cycle than native born… 

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