The ESG Initiative at the Wharton School

Wharton Conference on Migration, Organizations, and Management

The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

May 30-31, 2019

This conference is the premier gathering of scholars at the intersection of migration and organizations designed to advance rigorous research and strengthen our community of scholars. We are a welcoming group open to all disciplinary and methodological approaches.

We thank the Wharton Dean’s Office for funding this conference and the Penn Wharton Public Policy Initiative for managing all event logistics.

Thursday, May 30

8:30 AM

Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:00 – 10:30 AM


What is the U.S. Comparative Advantage in Entrepreneurship? Evidence From Israeli Migration to the United States
Jorge Guzman, Columbia University

Coming Back and Giving Back: Transposition, Institutional Actors, and the Paradox of Peripheral Influence
Jiao Luo University of Minnesota; Jia Chen, Peking University

Policy Barriers to Inshoring of Human Talent
Daniel Aobdia, Northwestern University

10:45 AM – 12:15 PM


Female Transnational Entrepreneurs (FTEs): A Case Study of Korean American Female Entrepreneurs In Silicon Valley
June Lee, University of San Francisco

Diversity in Immigrant Entrepreneurship: Exploring Mixed-Embeddedness with Data Mining
Aliaksei Kazlou, Linköping University

Changes in Legal Constraints and Entrepreneurship by Immigrants
Jose Mata, University of Lausanne HEC

Immigrant Entrepreneurs’ Business Success: The Role of National Tolerance and Access to Social Support
William Schulze, University of Utah

12:30 1:45 PM

Lunch & Keynote Speaker

Andrew Selee
President of the Migration Policy Institute
Author of “Vanishing Frontiers”

2:00 – 3:30 PM


Preference vs Constraints in Immigrant Entrepreneurship: Evidence from Generational Self-employment Patterns
Yoonha Kim, Georgetown University

Crowdfunding to overcome the liability of outsidership: Drivers of immigrant entrepreneurs’ fundraising performance
Diego Useche, University of Rennes

Startup Relocation
David Waguespack & Yuan Shi, University of Maryland

3:45 AM – 5:15 PM


Are Startups Losing Out to Established Firms in Hiring High-Skilled Foreign Workers?
Michael Roach, Cornell University

Looking for the “Best and Brightest”: Labor shortages and high-skilled foreign workers
Morgan Raux, Aix-Marseille University

Discriminated or cherished? Evidence on the compensation of migrant CEOs
Michael Mueller, Erasmus University

5:30 – 7:00 PM


The Role of Firms in Talent Migration of Indian Software Professionals
Nilanjan Raghunath, Singapore University of Technology and Design

Manager Migration, Learning-by-hiring and Cultural Distance in International Soccer
Enrico Pennings, Erasmus School of Economics

When does spatial proximity substitute for cultural proximity? The effects of within-industry firm clustering on the survival of nascent Anglo and Indian American IT firms
Mallika Banerjee, McGill University

Mi Casa Es Tu Casa: Immigrant Entrepreneurs as Pathways to Foreign Venture Capital Investments
Sarath Balachandran, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

7:30 PM


Friday, May 31

8:30 – 10:00 AM


Migrant inventors and the technological advantage of nations
Dany Bahar, Brookings Institution; Raj Choudhury, Harvard Business School

How Do Restrictions on High-Skilled Immigration Affect Offshoring? Evidence from the H-1B Program
Britta Glennon, Carnegie Mellon University

Immigration, Innovation, and Growth
Tarek Hassan & Lisa Tarquinio, Boston University

10:15 – 11:45 AM


Inside Jobs: Salary Setting for Immigrants Crossing Organizational and National Boundaries
Ben Rissing, Cornell University

Consequences of Immigrating During a Recession: Evidence from the US Refugee Resettlement Program
Joshua Mask, University of Illinois at Chicago

Does Competition Protect Migrant Workers from Wage Theft?
Peter Norlander, Loyola University Chicago

12:00 1:15 PM

Lunch & Keynote Speaker

Bill Kerr
Dimitri V. D’Arbeloff – MBA Class of 1955 Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
Author of “The Gift of Global Talent”

1:30 – 3:00 PM


Building a Nomological Net for Migrant and Refugee Entrepreneurship: Distinguishing Exiles, Sojourners, Immigrants and Refugees
Lisa Jones Christensen & Paul Godfrey Brigham Young University; Heidi Herrick, University of Utah

A Multi-Level Perspective on the Business-Migration Nexus: The Case of the Garment Industry in Bangladesh
Lisa Koep, Technische Universität Dresden

All for the Best: Multinational Corporate Networks and the Diffusion of Skill-Selective Immigration Policies
Vivienne Born, University of Pennsylvania

Both Sticks and Carrots: reforming High-Skilled Temporary Worker Programs in Canada and the United States to Attract Global Firms and Workers
Meredith Lilly, Carleton University

3:15 – 4:45 PM


Immigration and Invention: Evidence from the Quota Acts
Kirk Doran & Chungeun Yoon, University of Notre Dame

Ties that bind: the role of ethnic inventors in multinational enterprises’ knowledge creation
Ram Mudambi, Temple University

Free Movement of Inventors: Open-Border Policy and Innovation in Switzerland
Gabriele Christelli, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

4:45 – 5:00 PM

Closing Remarks