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workshop series
call for papers

The Call for Papers is now open

The Associated Laboratory on Linkages between Innovation and Environmental Sustainability (ALLIES), the Research Group in Theoretical and Applied Economics (GREThA) at the University of Bordeaux and the Institute of Public Goods and Policies (IPP) at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), are pleased to announce the 4th workshop in the series on “Migration, Globalization and the Knowledge Economy”, to be held in Bordeaux, France, May 17-18. 2021.

Migration plays a key role in today’s knowledge economies.. In 2013, the worldwide stock of migrants stood at 230 million, or 3.2% of worldwide population, with tertiary-educated men and women representing a substantial and increasing share of it. Many such migrants held STEM qualifications (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) or moved abroad to the get them. Others are entrepreneurs or multinational firms’ executives. Far from moving exclusively along a south–north or east–west axis, these migrants also move between advanced economies, where they contribute to knowledge creation and diffusion worldwide. The importance of return and circular migration is also growing, and may play a role in keeping the migrants’ origin countries (or specific innovation clusters therein) involved in global processes of knowledge diffusion.

Several economic disciplines contribute to our understanding of the phenomenon, including economic geography, innovation economics and the economics of science, labor economics, or development economics, among many others. We aim to bring together scholars from all of them, whether engaged in theoretical, empirical or methodological research. A non-exhaustive list of topics of interest includes:

  • The role of STEM migration in fostering innovation in receiving countries – present and historical perspectives
  • The relationship between diversity and innovation at the team, firm, local and country level
  • The role of skilled diasporas in knowledge diffusion
  • The mobility decisions of skilled migrants (constraints and incentives to outgoing, return and circular migration; positive vs negative self-selection; role of diaspora/network ties).
  • Temporary migration and knowledge sharing
  • Migration and innovation-based start-ups formation
  • Skilled migrants and the internationalization of capital flows
  • The role of multinational firms in shaping scientists’ and engineers’ migration flows
  • The role of skilled migrants in shaping academic entrepreneurship and university-industry collaboration.
  • The effect of changes in migration policies on skilled migrations and international collaborations
  • Differences in training and career pathways of migrants and native-born skilled workers
  • Historical studies of skilled migration and/or long term effects on the innovation in destination countries.

Both full papers and extended abstracts (around 2-3 pages) can be submitted. Registration is free for all participants. Coffees, lunches and one social dinner will be offered by the organization. Travel costs (up to €300) of one speaker per accepted paper will be covered by the organization, which will also provide accommodation.

Submissions will be peer-reviewed by the series organizers and the scientific committee, and around 8-10 papers will be accepted. Please send your paper/extended abstract to:, and kindly write “Migration & innovation workshop Spring 2021” in the e-mail subject.


Papers and Extended abstracts Submission:
Papers accepted until April 1, 2021

> Acceptance Confirmation: April 15, 2021

> Registration Opens: April 16, 2021

> Registration Closes: May 15, 2021

> Workshop dates: May 17-18, 2021