May 31, 2011 - News
The movement of people and skills in an era of economic globalization
Dan Wang, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology at Stanford, delivered an engaging talk on the economic impact of skilled return migrants on their home countries.
While much scholarship contends that members of skilled diasporas are ideally positioned to transfer knowledge and resources back to their home countries, Wang's research suggests that many returnees are often unable and/or unwilling to do so. In this last SPRIE seminar of the spring quarter, Wang presented findings from a novel 1997–2011 survey of over 4,250 former J1 Visa holders from over 80 countries. The principal outcome studied concerns how skilled returnees reapply and make use of the knowledge they gain abroad (in this case, the United States) upon reentry to their home countries. Specifically, Wang compared the knowledge transfer outcomes of returnees to those who stayed abroad, and contrasted returnees from different countries and industry contexts, including returnee entrepreneurs.
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