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workshop series
Spring2019 @ Utrecht
keynote and program

Ufuk Akcigit

Ufuk Akcigit is an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago, Director of Graduate Placement, and FY19 Director of Admissions (at Chicago since 2015).
As a macroeconomist, his research centers on economic growth, productivity, firm dynamics and economics of innovation. Before joining the University of Chicago, Akcigit was an Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. In addition, he serves as a Faculty Research Fellow in the National Bureau of Economic Research and a Research Affiliate in the Center for Economic Policy Research. Akcigit received his BSc in economics from Koc University in Istanbul. He then went on to earn his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2009.

For more information, see his website here.

Ina Ganguli

Ina Ganguli is Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Associate Director of the UMass Computational Social Science Institute. Her research areas are labor economics, the economics of science and innovation, international development and economic history. She is an Affiliated Researcher at the Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics (SITE) at the Stockholm School of Economics and at the Laboratory for Innovation Science (LISH) at Harvard University. Ganguli was Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard Business School- Harvard Medical School.
She earned her PhD from Harvard University in 2011.

For more information, see his website here.

Migration, Globalization and the Knowledge Economy Workshop

May 16, Utrecht University



Andrea Morrison, Utrecht University and Bocconi University


Keynote Lecture:

Chair: Andrea Morrison, Utrecht University and Bocconi University

Speaker: Ufuk Akcigit, University of Chicago

Coffee break


Session 1: Highly skilled Migration and Policy

Chair: Stefano Breschi, Bocconi University

Paper 1: Megan MacGarvie (Boston University Questrom School of Business and NBER) (joint with Shulamit Kahn): “The Impact of Permanent Residency Delays for STEM PhDs

Paper 2: Huanan Xu (Indiana University South Bend) (joint with C. Amuedo-Dorantes, D. Furtado): “Who leaves and Why Did OPT Policy Changes Help Steer and Retain Foreign Talent into STEM?

Paper 3: Olena Ivus (Smith School of Business, Queen’s University) (joint with A. Naghavy, L. D. Qiuzer): “Intellectual Property Rights, Migration, and Innovation



Session 2: The Impact of Immigration and Return-Migration

Chair: Gianluca Orefice, CEPII, Paris

Paper 1: John Källström (Department of Economics & CIRCLE Lund University): “The impact of immigration on scientists’ productivity: Evidence from a Swedish policy reform

Paper 2: Dario Diodato (Harvard University) (jointly with F. Neffke): “Experienced Return Migrants and their Impact on Employment and Wages in Mexico”

Coffee break


Session 3: Diversity and Migration

Chair: Ernest Miguelez, CNRS & University of Bordeaux

Paper 1: Francesco Campo (University of Milano-Bicocca) (join with M. Mendola, A. Morrison, G. Ottaviano): “Diversity and Migrant Inventors in the Age of Mass Migration”

Paper 2: Riccardo Turati (UCLouvain) (joint with F. Docquier, J. Valette, C. Vasilakis): “Birthplace Diversity and Economic Growth: Evidence from the US States in the Post-World War II Period”


May 17, Utrecht University


Keynote Lecture:

Chair: Andrea Morrison, Utrecht University and Bocconi University

Speaker: Ina Ganguli, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Coffee break


Session 1: Mobility of Inventors and Scientists and the role of MNCs

Chair: Gabriele Pellegrino, EPFL

Paper 1: Alba Marino (University of Bologna) (joint with R. Mudambi, A. Perri and V. G. Scalera): “Ties that bind: the role of ethnic inventors in multinational enterprises’ knowledge creation”

Paper 2: Frank van der Wouden (Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University) (joint with D. Rigby): “Inventor Mobility and Productivity: A Long-Run Perspective”

Paper 3: Giacomo Vaccario (Chair of Systems Design, ETH Zurich) (joint with L. Verginer, F. Schweitzer): “Reproducing scientists’ mobility: A data-driven model”