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How Can Talent Abroad Induce Development at Home?

Towards a Pragmatic Diaspora Agenda

Edited by Yevgeny Kuznetsov

This volume develops a pragmatic approach to the engagement of highly skilled members of the diaspora for the benefit of their countries of origin. The book is based on empirical work in middle-income economies such as those in Argentina, Mexico, and Russia, as well as in high-income countries such as South Korea, Ireland, and the United Kingdom.


Demetrios G. Papademetriou / Kathleen Newland (MPI)

Part I: Talent Abroad and Institutional Dynamics at Home: Conceptual Issues

1. Introduction and Overview, Yevgeny Kuznetsov (World Bank)

2. Passions Fuelling Interests: Unraveling Motivation of Diaspora Entrepreneurs
Jennifer Brinkerhoff (George Washington University)

Part II: Global Search for Local Solutions: Role of Diasporas


3. Diaspora Elites Supporting India’s Institutional Development: Responding to Big Challenges in Infrastructure and Public Service Provision
Devesh Kapur (University of Pennsylvania)

4. Africa’s Talent Abroad Supporting Institutional Development in Africa
Tanja Faller (African Development Bank)

5. Tacit Skills Formation and Labor Market Incorporation of Mexican Immigrants in the United States
Natasha Iskander (New York University) and Nichola Lowe (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

6. Diasporas as Part of the Country: Skills Abroad for Reform Dynamics at Home
Yevgeny Kuznetsov

Part III: Expatriate Talent and Transformation of Innovation Systems at Home


7. Mexico and Argentina: Diaspora Search Networks Interacting with Home Countries—Contrasts and Similarities
Ezequiel Tacsir (Inter-American Development Bank), Adolfo Nemirovsky (World Bank), and Gabriel Yoguel (General Sarmiento National University, Buenos Aires)

8. Russia’s Technological Diaspora: How to Make It Count in the Transformation of Innovation Systems
Lev Freinkman (World Bank), Ksenia Gonchar (National Research University Higher School of Economics, Russia), and Yevgeny Kuznetsov

9. South Korea: Strong State, Large Diaspora, Weak Search Networks
Jeong-Hyop Lee (STEPI), AnnaLee Saxenian (University of California–Berkeley)

Part IV: Implications for Institutional Development and Design of Diaspora Initiatives

10. Principles and Lessons of Institutional Design of a New Generation of Diaspora Initiatives
Yevgeny Kuznetsov

11. Diaspora for Development: In Search of a New Generation of Diaspora Strategies
Mark Boyle and Rob Kitchin (National University of Ireland–Maynooth)

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