Migration, Globalisation and Knowledge Economy

Spring 2022 Workshop


May 17-18, 2022

Gran Sasso Science Institute (GSSI), L’Aquila (Italy)


Venue: Auditorium of the Rectorate Building, Via Michele Jacobucci, 2 - 67100 L'Aquila

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Tuesday afternoon, May 17, 2022




14.00 - 14.30 – Registration, Welcoming and Institutional Greetings


-         Alessandra Faggian (GSSI), Francesco Lissoni (University of Bordeaux), Ernest Miguelez (University of Bordeaux)



14.30 - 16.10 – Session 1,Chair: Sandro Montresor (GSSI)


-         Keynote Speech: Cristina Cattaneo (European Institute on the Economics and the Environment, EIEE), “Migration and Knowledge Diffusion: a Perspective from both Origin and Destination Countries


-         Andrea Ascani (GSSI), “Returnees and Innovation: Evidence from Chinese Public Listed Firms” (with Yibo Qiao Andrea Morrison, and Stefano Breschi)



16.10 - 16.30 – Coffee Break



16.30 - 18.40 – Session 2, Chair: Ernest Miguelez (University of Bordeaux)


-         Ina Ganguli (University of Massachusetts Amherst), “Why U.S. Immigration Barriers Matter for the Global Advancement of Science” (with Ruchir Agarwal, Patrick Gaulé and Geoff Smith)


-         Kirk Doran (University of Notre Dame), “The Effects of High-Skilled Immigration Policy on Firms: Evidence from Visa Lotteries” (with Alexander Gelber and Adam Isen)


-         “Cooling break”


-         Jacopo Bassetto (University of Trento), “Can Tax Incentives Bring Brains Back? The Effects of Returnees’ Tax Schemes on High-Skilled Migration in Italy” (with Giuseppe Ippedico)




Wednesday morning, May 18, 2022




9.00 - 10.40 – Session 3, Chair: Vittoria Scalera (University of Amsterdam)



-         Keynote Speech: Zeke Hernandez (The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania), “Why Firms are Crucial to Understand How Immigrants Affect the Economy


-         Francesco Lissoni (University of Bordeaux), “Foreign Managers and the Direction of FDIs: Firm-Based Evidence” (with Massimiliano Coda Zabetta, Ernest Miguelez, and Sarah Hegarty)



10.40 - 11.00: Coffee break



11.00 - 12.20 – Session 4, Chair: Marianna Marino (SKEMA Business School)



-         Patrick Gaulé (University of Bristol), “Top Talent, Elite Colleges and Migration: Evidence from the Indian Institutes of Technology” (with Prithwiraj Choudhury and Ina Ganguli)


-         Claudio Fassio (University of Pisa), “Foreign Graduates in Sweden. The Role of High-Tech Sectors, STEM Disciplines and Cultural Distance” (with Ioana Igna)



12.20 - 14.00: Lunch break



Wednesday afternoon, May 18, 2022



14.00 - 15.20: Session 5, Chair: Alessandra Perri (LUISS University of Rome)


-         Astrid Marinoni (Scheller College of Business, Georgia Institute of Technology), “Uncertainty and Immigrant Entrepreneurship: Evidence From Brexit” (with Camilo Acosta)


-         Britta Rude (ifo Institute - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research), “Robots, AI and Immigration - A Race for Talent or of Displaced Workers” (with Yvonne Giesing)



15.20 - 15.40: Coffee break



15.40  - 17.00: Session 6, Chair: Alessandra Faggian (GSSI)


-         Cem Özgüzel (OECD), “Migrants and Innovation across OECD Municipalities” (with Lucas Guichard and Lukas Kleine-Rueschkamp)


-         Sandro Montresor (GSSI), “Do Migrants Move along the Routes of Technological Proximity? Evidence from Spanish NUTS3 regions” (with Anna D’Ambrosio, Chiara Franco and Francesco Quatraro)



17.00 - 17.15: Closing Greetings



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