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Losing the World's Best and Brightest: New Immigrant Entrepreneurs, Part V

Losing the World's Best and Brightest: New Immigrant Entrepreneurs, Part V

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Immigrants historically have contributed to some of America’s most successful businesses and innovations. Lessening the number of foreign national students in U.S. jobs may be detrimental to the economic health of the country by accelerating the return of talented immigrant students to their home countries.
Immigrants historically have contributed to some of America’s most successful businesses and innovations. Lessening the number of foreign national students in U.S. jobs may be detrimental to the economic health of the country by accelerating the return of talented immigrant students to their home countries.

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Losing the World’s Best and Brightest
Losing the World’sBest and Brightest:
America’s New Immigrant Entrepreneurs, Part V
 
March 2009
 Authors:
Vivek WadhwaAnnaLee SaxenianRichard FreemanAlex Salkever
 
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Losing the World’s Best and Brightest
Authors
Vivek WadhwaExecutive in ResidencePratt School o Engineering, Duke University Senior Research AssociateLabor & Worklie Program, Harvard Law SchoolAnnaLee SaxenianDean and ProessorSchool o InormationUniversity o Caliornia, Berkeley Richard FreemanHerbert Asherman Chair in Economics, Harvard UniversitDirector, Labor and Worklie Program, Harvard Law SchoolDirector, Labor Studies Program, National Bureau o Economic ResearchAlex SalkeverVisiting ResearcherMasters o Engineering Management ProgramPratt School o Engineering, Duke University 
Special thanks
Gary Gere, Mike Hensen, Bob Litan, E.J. Reedy, Ben Rissing, John rumpbour
Student researchers
Karna Vishwas, Brian Hilgeord,Sameer Dash, Aniket Patil, Aishwarya AlladiTis research was unded in part by the Ewing Marion Kauman Foundation.Te contents o this publication are solely the responsibility o the authors.
 
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Losing the World’s Best and Brightest
Contents
Introduction and overview
                                                  
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Our fndings
                                                            3Few want to stay permanently                                                  3Most are worried about visas                                                 3Where do they think the jobs and opportunities are?                                      3Was the US as they had expected?                                             3High overall opinion of American education                                           4Students would recommend American education to their friends, so what is stopping their friends from coming? 4Why did students who were leaving the US make this decision?                              4Entrepreneurial aspirations, but not in the US                                         4
Conclusions and interpretation
                                                
5Methodology
                                                          
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Characteristics of respondents   7Figure 1: Area of study                                               7Figure 2: Level of degree                                                 7Figure 3: Expected date of graduation  7Figure 4: Number of years living in the US                                        8
Detailed fndings
                                                        
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Intentions to stay after graduation, and concerns                                        9Figure 5: Would you stay after graduation if given a choice?                                9Figure 6: For how many years would you like to stay in the US after graduation? 9Concerns about jobs                                                      9
Figure7:howdifcultwillitbeforyoutondajobinyoureldintheU.S.?
                        9Concerns about work visas                                                  10Figure 8: How concerned are you about obtaining a work visa after graduation? 10Obtaining permanent residency                                                10Figure 9: How concerned are you about obtaining permanent residency in the US ? 10Perceptions about US opportunities, education system, and economic future 10How did the US stack up against expectations?                                     10Figure 10: Has your view of the US changed since coming here?                          11Where are the opportunities?                                                 11Figure 11: Country perceived as having the best job opportunities                            11Which economy has a better future? 11Figure 12: Foreign national student perceptions: best days of US economy behind or ahead? 11Figure 13: Foreign national student perceptions: best days of home country’s economy behind or ahead? 12

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