The ESG Initiative at the Wharton School

Migration and Organizations Conference

Hosted virtually by the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

May 28, 2021

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.


8:00 – 8:25 AM

Welcome and Opening Remarks

8:30 – 10:00 AM

Track A

The Role of Firms in the Assimilation of Immigrants
Shmuel San, New York University

When do Migrants Build Global Networks? Evidence from female scientists in a South-South fellowship program
Caroline Fry, University of Hawaii

Retention of skilled immigrants: Embeddedness and foreign professional workers’ likelihood to remain in Denmark
Kenneth Nygaard, Aarhus University

Leaping into the unknown? The role of job search in migration decisions
Maria Balgova, IZA

Track B

Ethnic Peers and Team Performance: Evidence from H-1B Visa Denials
Chungeun Yoon, University of Notre Dame

The Strategic Value Of Generic Human Capital: Why Hiring Refugees Is More Than Charity
Vera Rocha, Copenhagen Business School

Foreign Managers and the Direction of Foreign Direct Investments: Firm-Based Evidence
Massimiliano Coda Zabetta, University College Dublin

Where you are from matters: Assessing the impact of immigrants on firm environmental performances
Narae Lee, University of Minnesota

10:15 – 11:45 AM

Track A

Do Nonimmigrant Visits Promote U.S. Innovation? Evidence from the Visa Waiver Program, 1986–2020
Hyo Kang, University of Southern California

Migration Reforms and Patenting within Multinational Firms: Causal Multi-country Evidence
Sara Signorelli, Paris School of Economics

In Search For New Knowledge: When Does Hiring Foreign R&D Workers Foster Exploration?
Wolf-Hendrik Uhlback, Copenhagen Business School

Track B

Ethnic Enclaves and Entrepreneurship
Yoonha Kim, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

High-Skilled Immigrant Workers and U.S. Firms’ Access to Foreign Venture Capital
Ashlee Li, Carnegie Mellon University

High-Skilled Immigration and Regional Entrepreneurship in the U.S.
Dan Wang, Columbia University

12:00 – 1:15 PM


Michael Clemens, Center for Global Development and IZA

1:30 – 3:00 PM

Track A

Premium Processing or Processing Premiums? The Role of Selective Persistence in Expedited Regulatory Outcomes
Ben Rissing, Cornell University

Employer preferences for recruitment channels and the sorting of immigrants and native born into analytical versus interactive jobs in the academic labor market
Mallika Banerjee, University of Calgary

Hiring Migrants or Hiring Abroad? Multinational Firms’ Global Employment Decisions
Ngoc Han Nguyen, Hasselt University

Track B

Entrepreneurial Migration
Jorge Guzman, Columbia University

A Confluence of Tech and Talent: Rural Online Entrepreneurship and Return Migration
Wesley Koo, INSEAD

Temporary Migration for Long-Term Investment
Caglar Ozden, World Bank

3:00 – 3:10 PM

Concluding Remarks