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Research Seminar Series (RSS)

Migration, Institutional Context, and Global Network Formation: Evidence from Female Scientists in Developing Countries

Tuesday, July 20, 2021 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm Washington DC Time


  • Caroline Fry, Assistant Professor, Shidler College of Business, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa


  • Dan Wang, Associate Professor of Business, Columbia Business School


  • Michael Clemens, Director of Migration, Displacement, and Humanitarian Policy and Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development

What role do migrants play in the building of global networks and what factors impact their brokerage? In a new paper, Caroline Fry and Jeffrey Furman study the institutional contexts shaping the extent to which female migrants leverage their cross-border networks. They explore this idea in the context of a South-South PhD fellowship program for female scientists and find that high levels of gender parity in home and host countries are instrumental in their rate of sharing of international connections.

Fry will join CGD for an online presentation of the paper in which she will discuss the methodology, results, and policy implications for cross-border brokering and spillover benefits from migration. If you are unable to attend the event live, the discussion will be recorded for later viewing.

*CGD’s Research Seminar Series (RSS) invites leading development scholars to discuss their new research and ideas. The presentations are at times technical but retain a focus on a mixed audience of researchers and policymakers.

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