Gift of Global Talent How Migration Shapes Business, Economy & Society

The Gift of Global Talent: How Migration Shapes Business, Economy & Society

By William R Kerr

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The race for global talent is on, but it often gets bogged down in the thorny policy debate on immigration. While the U. S. has been the top destination for the world's star workforce, its future position is uncertain. William R. Kerr examines popular ideas that have taken hold and synthesizes economic research across academic silos to give voice to data that should drive the next wave of policies on high-skilled migration.


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Book Information

Publisher: Stanford Business Books
Publish Date: 10/02/2018
Pages: 256
ISBN-13: 9781503605022
ISBN-10: 1503605027
Language: English

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The global race for talent is on, with countries and businesses competing for the best and brightest. Talented individuals migrate much more frequently than the general population, and the United States has received exceptional inflows of human capital. This foreign talent has transformed U.S. science and engineering, reshaped the economy, and influenced society at large. But America is bogged down in thorny debates on immigration policy, and the world around the United States is rapidly catching up, especially China and India. The future is quite uncertain, and the global talent puzzle deserves close examination.

To do this, William R. Kerr uniquely combines insights and lessons from business practice, government policy, and individual decision making. Examining popular ideas that have taken hold and synthesizing rigorous research across fields such as entrepreneurship and innovation, regional advantage, and economic policy, Kerr gives voice to data and ideas that should drive the next wave of policy and business practice.

The Gift of Global Talent deftly transports readers from joyous celebrations at the Nobel Prize ceremony to angry airport protests against the Trump administration's travel ban. It explores why talented migration drives the knowledge economy, describes how universities and firms govern skilled admissions, explains the controversies of the H-1B visa used by firms like Google and Apple, and discusses the economic inequalities and superstar firms that global talent flows produce. The United States has been the steward of a global gift, and this book explains the huge leadership decision it now faces and how it can become even more competitive for attracting tomorrow's talent.

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About the Author

William R. Kerr is Professor at Harvard Business School and Co-Director of the school's Managing the Future of Work initiative. A recipient of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Prize Medal for Distinguished Research in Entrepreneurship, he works with companies and governments worldwide on accessing a

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