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Invisible geniuses: could the knowledge frontier advance faster? / Ruchir Agarwal (IMF), Patrick Gaulé (University of Bath and IZA) ; IZA Institute of Labor Economics
VerfasserAgarwal, Ruchir ; Gaulé, Patrick
KörperschaftForschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit
ErschienenBonn, Germany : IZA Institute of Labor Economics, November 2018
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SerieDiscussion paper ; no. 11977
URNurn:nbn:de:hbz:5:2-174313 
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Zusammenfassung (Englisch)

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 for 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.