Invisible Geniuses: Could the Knowledge Frontier Advance Faster?

15.05.2019 14:15 – 15:45

INSTITUTE OF ECONOMICS AND ECONOMETRICS SEMINAR / ABSTRACT

The advancement of the knowledge frontier is crucial for technological innovation and human progress. Using novel data from the setting of mathematics, this paper establishes two results. First, we document that individuals who demonstrate exceptional talent in their teenage years have an irreplaceable ability to create new ideas over their lifetime, suggesting that talent is a central ingredient in the production of knowledge. Second, such talented individuals born in low- or middle-income countries are systematically less likely to become knowledge producers. Our findings suggest that policies to encourage exceptionally talented youth to pursue scientific careers - especially those from lower income countries - could accelerate the advancement of the knowledge frontier.

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Faculté d'économie et de management
Institute of Economics and Econometrics

Intervenants

Patrick GAULE, University of Bath, UK

entrée libre

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Catégorie: Séminaire

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