Reversing the Brain Drain? How Return Migration Channels Global Flows of Knowledge and Skills

Dan Wang, Doctoral Candidate at the Department of Sociology,Stanford University

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Dan Wang's talk will examine 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, Dan's research
suggests that many returnees are often unable and/or unwilling to do so. He will present findings from a novel survey of over 4,250 former J1 Visa holders from over 80 countries between 1997 and 2011. The principal outcome under study concerns how skilled returnees reapply and make use of the knowledge they gained abroad (in this case, the United States) upon reentry to their home countries. Specifically, he compares the knowledge transfer outcomes of returnees to those who stayed abroad, and contrasts returnees from different countries and industry contexts, including returnee entrepreneurs. Finally, Germany and China are used as comparative case studies of returnee skill transfer.

About the speaker

Dan Wang is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology at Stanford University. His principal research interests include economic sociology, organizations, globalization, technology, and social network analysis. His past research has examined the relationship between China's changing domestic patent laws and the country's R&D collaboration patterns, tactical diffusion through American social movement organization collaboration networks, knowledge transfer in academic co-authorship networks, and statistical methods for addressing measurement error in network analysis. He received is BA in sociology and comparative literature from Columbia University in 2007.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011 | 12:00 pm — 1:15 pm
Philippines Conference Room, Encina Hall, 3rd Floor