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Alex Tabarrok

George Mason University

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Can immigration increase innovation? If so, how?

The US economy is currently stagnating. To what extent could immigration improve (or not) the economy in the short run and what about increasing innovation in the long run? I offer some arguments in my TED e-book, Launching the Innovation Renaissance. I am interested, however, in what TEDsters have to say and in particular on their experiences as both employers, immigrants and competitors!

Jan. 30, 2012, 2:00pm EST/ 11:00am PST

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Closing Statement from Alex Tabarrok

Lots of good ideas came up. What struck me most was the importance of maintaining flexible institutions such as a free and open economy and schooling open to all so that immigrants are able to rise and spread throughout society and do not become confined to particular places or professions.

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  • Jan 30 2012: How much human Capital do we throw away by turning away graduates of our Higher Education system each year? How much do we lose by not realizing the potential on the educational investment we have made in them?
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      Jan 30 2012: In Launching I call this a no-brainer! What sense does it make to educate foreign students in our best universities and then tell them to "go home!"

      We used to be able to throw opportunities like this away and not notice but today we must compete to obtain the best people!

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