by Petra Moser
Cato Institute
May 21, 2014
High-skilled German Jewish immigrants who fled Nazi Germany after 1932 created large and persistent benefits for innovators in the United States. In interpreting these results it is important to keep in mind that the émigrés in our data were exceptionally qualified scientists comparable to present-day academic superstars. Our analysis indicates that policies, which encourage the immigration of such scientists, can be an effective mechanism to encourage innovation.

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