Skilled Immigration and Innovation: Evidence from Enrollment Fluctuations in US Doctoral Programs

  title={Skilled Immigration and Innovation: Evidence from Enrollment Fluctuations in US Doctoral Programs},
  author={Eric T. Stuen and A. Mobarak and K. Maskus},
  journal={Labor: Public Policy & Regulation eJournal},
  • Eric T. Stuen, A. Mobarak, K. Maskus
  • Published 2010
  • Economics
  • Labor: Public Policy & Regulation eJournal
  • We study the contribution of doctoral students to innovation at 2,300 American science and engineering departments from 1973 to 1998. Macroeconomic and policy shocks in source countries that differentially affect enrollments across fields and universities isolate exogenous variation in the supply of students. Both US and international students contribute significantly to the production of knowledge at scientific laboratories, and their contributions are statistically comparable, consistent with… CONTINUE READING
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