The ESG Initiative at the Wharton School

2024 Migration and Organizations Conference

May 8-9, 2024

The Wharton School
University of Pennsylvania
Jon M. Huntsman Hall, 8th Floor
3730 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

The premier gathering of scholars at the intersection of migration and organizations. Now in its sixth edition, this conference is designed to advance rigorous research and strengthen our community of scholars. We are a welcoming group open to all disciplinary and methodological approaches.

This event is by invitation only. If you are interested in being added to the invitation list, please contact

Keynote Speakers

Danielle Alperin

Assistant Director, Scholar Rescue Fund

Tim D’Arduini

Partner, Global Immigration and Mobility, Klasko Immigration Law Partners LLP; Advisor to the George Kaiser Family Foundation

Zeke Hernandez

Max and Bernice Garchik Family Presidential Associate Professor of Management, The Wharton School

Noura Ismail

Global Program Director, Talent Beyond Boundaries

Cynthia Jasso

Program Officer, George Kaiser Family Foundation

Greg Liegel

VP of Product, Envoy Global


Wednesday, May 8

Doctoral Consortium

8:00 AM

Breakfast and Welcome

8:30 AM

Icebreaker and Introductions

9:00 AM

PhD Paper Development Workshop

10:15 AM

Research Ideation Session

10:45 AM

Publishing Migration Research in Management Journals

Mary Zellmer-Bruhn and Martin Ganco

Main Conference Program

12:00 PM

Kickoff Lunch and Welcome

1:00 PM

Paper Session 1 and 2

Session 1: Entrepreneurship Among Vulnerable Migrant Groups

The business multiplier effect of refugees: Evidence from Ukrainians in Poland

Pierre-Louis Vézina, King’s College London

Refugee Entrepreneurs Network Disruption & Opportunity Recognition: Evidence from a Randomized Field Experiment in Uganda

Zahra Hejrati, Stanford University; Madhanie Gaim, Umea University; Charles Eesley, Stanford University

Entrepreneurial Activity as a Way to Override a Stigmatized Immigrant Status

Sandra Portocarrero, Columbia University; Dan J. Wang, Columbia University

Session 2: Immigrant Hiring

Scrambling for Talent: U.S. Startups’ Reactive Strategy to Cope with Visa Restrictions

Ashlee Li, Georgia Institute of Technology

“Outing Outsourcing:” The Impact of a Mandated Transparency Initiative on Immigrants’ Salary and Contractor Status

Ben Rissing, Cornell University; Peter Polhill, Cornell University

The Impact of Business Engagement in Refugee Hiring on Consumer Attitudes and Social Inclusion

Jongwoo Jeong, Washington University in St. Louis; Minjee Sun, University of Iowa; Boyoon Lee, Vanderbilt University

2:45 PM

Keynote Panel

Learning from organizations supporting migrant transitions

Danielle Alperin, Assistant Director, Scholar Rescue Fund

Tim D’Arduini, Partner, Global Immigration and Mobility, Klasko Immigration Law Partners LLP; Advisor to the George Kaiser Family Foundation

Noura Ismail, Global Program Director, Talent Beyond Boundaries

Cynthia Jasso, Program Officer, George Kaiser Family Foundation

Greg Liegel, VP of Product, Envoy Global

4:15 PM

Paper Session 3 and 4

Session 3: High Skilled Labor

Empowering Migrant Entrepreneurs: Navigating Barriers in Self-Regulating Professions and Maximizing Human Capital

Adam Cragg, University of Calgary

The Burden of Knowledge Redeployment: The Performance Implications of Human capital Geographic Redeployment

Hyoungwon Yoon, Bocconi University

Should I Stay or Should I Go? The Contextualized Intersectionality Among Global Professionals

Lucy Liu, Columbia Business School; Michael Morris, Columbia Business School; Yihan (Becca) Wang, Columbia University

Session 4: Assimilation

Linguistic traits of female migrant talent in professional and entrepreneurial settings

Raushan Aman, Oulu Business School; Maria Ivanova-Gongne, Åbo Akademi University; Maria Elo, University of Southern Denmark; Mukhammadyusuf Shaymardanov, Jyväskylä University; Wilhelm Barner-Rasmussen, Åbo Akademi University

I never tended to myself: Immigrant Latinaas, their well-being, labor market assimilation, and entrepreneurial processes

Ashley Gomez, University of Pittsburgh

Refugee Capital: Transforming Social Marginalization into a Market Advantage

Michelle Lee, Northwestern University

Navigating Gender-based Status Change: How Gender Status Change Impacts Skilled Migrants’ Work Experience

Mary Zellmer-Bruhn and Youjeong Song, University of Minnesota

6:00 PM


Thursday, May 9

8:00 AM


9:00 AM

Paper Session 5 and 6

Session 5: Firm Strategy

Skilled Immigration and Technology Upgrades as Exports Boosters

Leonardo Peñaloza-Pacheco, Cornell University and CEDLAS; Carlo Lombardo, Cornell University and CEDLAS

The Role of Unequal Spatial Distribution of African Migration in Chinese Exports to Africa

Zhiling Wang, Erasmus University Rotterdam; Mirko H. Benischke, Erasmus University Rotterdam; Ajay Bhaskarabhatla, Erasmus University Rotterdam; Lijuan Yin, Liaoning University

Global Palette: The Impact of Immigrant Talent on Multinational Product Strategy

Natalie Carlson, University of Pennsylvania; Dany Bahar, Brown University; Exequiel Hernandez, University of Pennsylvania

Home Where the Heart Is: CEOs’ Pre-career Overseas Exposure and Firms’ Cross-Border Acquisitions

David Weng, California State University, Fullerton; Yi Tang, University of Hong Kong; Xuefei Yu, University of Hong Kong

Session 6: STEM Workers

Migration and Local Problem-Solving: Evidence From Developing Countries

Gauri Subramani, Lehigh University; Caroline Fry, University of Hawai’i at Manoa

Stay rates and careers of foreign doctorate recipients from Dutch universities: A bibliometric analysis

Andriy Romanyuk, University of Bordeaux & University of Insubria; Francesco Lissoni, University of Bordeaux & Bocconi University

Abortion Restriction Laws and Mobility of Biomedical Scientists

Beril Yalcinkaya, University of Maryland, College Park; Waverly W. Ding, University of Maryland, College Park

10:45 AM

Paper Session 7 and 8

Session 7: Migration Experiences and Entrepeneurship

Returnee Entrepreneurship: Towards a Configurational Approach on Entrepreneurial Satisfaction

Daomi Lin, Sun Yat-sen University; Wenwen An, Guangdong University of Technology; Qian Cecilia Gu, Georgia State University

Home Country Work Experience and Immigrant Self-Employment in the United States

Alejandro Gutierrez-Li, North Carolina State University

Cross-border Visits and Scientific Collaboration

Hyo Kang, USC Marshall; Chungeun Yoon, KDI School

Session 8: Macro Shocks and Innovation

Labor and Invention as Complements: Evidence from 1920s Immigration Quotas

Kirk Doran, University of Notre Dame

Did Africa’s Slave Trades Spur an Innovation Brain Drain?

Ikenna Uzuegbunam, Howard University

Migrants’ Human Capital and Social Capital: Implications for Immigration Policy

Ram Mudambi, Solon Moreira, & Deepak Nayak, Temple University

12:00 PM

Keynote Speaker and Lunch

Zeke Hernandez will tell us about his forthcoming book, The Truth About Immigration: Why Successful Societies Welcome Newcomers (All participants will receive a free copy)

2:00 PM

Paper Session 9 and 10

Session 9: Return Migration

Returnee Corporate Leaders and Firm Innovation Performance: An Institution-carrier Perspective

Jun Xia, University of Texas at Dallas

‘Returning Brains’: Tax Incentives, Migration and Scientific Productivity

Pier Paolo Creanza, Princeton University

Loss of Peers and Individual Worker Performance: Evidence From H-1B Visa Denials

Prithwiraj Choudhury, Harvard Business School; Kirk Doran, University of Notre Dame; Astrid Marinoni, Georgia Institute of Technology; Chungeun Yoon, KDI School of Public Policy and Management

Session 10: Immigrant Workforce

The Impact of STEM OPT Extension on the US Inventor Pool

Seungmin Yoo, Boston University

The Global Job Ladder

Todd Schoellman, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis; Paolo Martellini, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Jason Sockin, IZA

The Role of Labor Unions in Immigrant Integration

Julia Li Zhu, Samuel Dodini, & Alexander Willén, Norwegian School of Economics

3:30 PM

Closing Remarks