Lookup NU author(s): Dr Bruce Charlton
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We collect data on the movement and productivity of elite scientists. Their mobility is remarkable: nearly half of the world's most-cited physicists work outside their country of birth. We show they migrate systematically towards nations with large R & D spending. Our study cannot adjudicate on whether migration improves scientists' productivity, but we find that movers and stayers have identical h-index citations scores. Immigrants in the UK and US now win Nobel Prizes proportionately less often than earlier. US residents' h-indexes are relatively high. We describe a framework where a key role is played by low mobility costs in the modern world.
Author(s): Hunter RS, Oswald AJ, Charlton BG
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Economic Journal
ISSN (print): 0013-0133
ISSN (electronic): 1468-0297
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
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