Dany Bahar, John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University
 
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Dany Bahar is a PhD candidate in Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and a Doctoral Fellow at the Center for International Development (CID) of Harvard University. Dany was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela where he studied Systems Engineering. He then immigrated to Israel where he worked in both the public and private sector for five years. He enrolled in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem where he earned an MA degree in Economics, and at the same time worked as a research fellow in Falk Institute for Economic Research studying topics related to Foreign Aid and its side effects. He joined the MPA/ID program at Harvard Kennedy School in fall 2008 and shortly later joined the CID team as a research assistant to Prof. Ricardo Hausmann. After completing his MPA/ID degree in 2010, Dany joined the PhD program in HKS. His focus of research is in topics related to Development Economics, International Economics and more specifically, on the international forces shaping the productive structure of countries. Dany has also worked as a consultant for the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank and other international organizations in Eastern Europe, Turkey, India and Latin America and the Caribbean.

Abstract

International knowledge diffusion have been studied in the economic literature for decades, and the general understanding is that technology and knowledge diffuses locally rather than globally. Some of the most studied candidates driving this diffusion are flows of goods (trade) and capital (FDI) across countries. By using disaggregated data on exports as an indicator of knowledge diffusion I first show how this measure is consistent with previous literature by constructing a network of export similarities. I explain dynamic processes that define this network. In addition, by using data on bilateral migration flows for over 120 countries, I can partly explain these patterns of diffusion. I study this patterns in both the sending and receiving country. The preliminary results suggest that an important component of knowledge used in exports/production is tacit and flows embedded in the migrants' human capital.

Alessandro Vespignani . Geoffrey West . Kathleen C. Engel . Ren Y. Cheng . Eric Bonabeau . Hamid Benbrahim . Marta Gonzalez . Michail Bletsas . Greta Meszoely . Stoyan Tanev . Jukka-Pekka Onnela . Charles Worrell . Dany Bahar . Brian Peltonen .