What is it about?
Although extant work mainly focuses on the impact of highly educated immigrants on innovation -- generally finding positive effects --- in this article, we investigate the overall effect of immigration, including low skilled immigrants.
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Why is it important?
This is important as in many countries, including Italy which is our case study, immigrants are prevalently low skilled. Using both patent data on the production of innovation and survey data on innovation adoption, we do not find any negative effect of immigrants on innovation. This is consistent with immigration not significantly changing the skill composition of the Italian population, which, in turn, depends on the relatively low levels of education of natives.
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This page is a summary of: The effect of immigration on innovation in Italy, Regional Studies, September 2017, Taylor & Francis,
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