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Published: March 20, 2008

 
 

Future Leaders of Technology

Legislators must understand the importance of foreign nationals as contributors to domestic technology innovation, and consider the effects that immigration policies, such as quotas on H1-B temporary visas, may have on the pace of innovation.

Title:
The Ethnic Composition of U.S. Inventors

Author:
William R. Kerr

Publisher:
Harvard Business School, Finance Working Paper No. 08-006

Date Published:
August 2007

Immigrants are playing an increasingly important role in technology innovation in the United States. The authors of this study gathered data on the ethnic makeup of individuals granted a U.S. patent or trademark between 1975 and 2004, and found that although the number of Europeans residing in the U.S. filing for patents decreased during that period, the number of patents filed by Chinese and Indian workers increased dramatically.

Bottom Line:
Legislators must understand the importance of foreign nationals as contributors to domestic technology innovation and consider the effects that immigration policies, such as quotas on H1-B temporary visas, may have on the pace of U.S. innovation.

 

 
 
 
 
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