Dany Bahar

Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs

Dany Bahar is an Associate Professor of Practice of International and Public Affairs at Brown University's Watson Institute. An Israeli and Venezuelan economist, he also is affiliated to The Growth Lab at Harvard Center for International  Development, the Brookings Institution, the Center for Global Development, CESifo Group Munich and IZA Institute of Labor Economics.

His research sits at the intersection of international economics and economic development. In particular, his academic research focuses on the diffusion of technology and knowledge within and across borders, as measured by productivity, structural transformation, exports, entrepreneurship and innovation, among other factors. Lately, his research has focused on migrants and refugees as drivers of this process and, more broadly, on the benefits that migrants and refugees bring to both their countries of origin and destination. His academic work has been published in top economic journals, and he often contributes to leading media outlets in the United States and around the globe.

Selected Publications:

Bahar, D., A Hauptman, C Ozguzel and H Rapoport. "Migration and knowledge diffusion: The effect of returning refugees on export performance in the former Yugoslavia". Forthcoming, Review of Economics and Statistics.

Bahar, D., AM Ibañez and S Rozo. "Give me Your Tired and Your Poor: Impact of a Large-Scale Amnesty to Undocumented Refugees". Journal of Development Economics. Volumen 151, June 2021, 102652

Bahar, D., R Choudhury and H Rapoport. "Migrant inventors and the technological advantage of nations". Research Policy. Volume 49, Issue 9 (Special Issue STEM migration, research, and innovation), November 2020, 103947.

Bahar, D., H Rapoport and R Turatti. "Does Birthplace Diversity affect Economic Complexity Cross-country Evidence". Research Policy (Special Issue on Economic Complexity), May 2020, 103991.

Bahar, D. "Diasporas and economic development: A review of the evidence and policy". Comparative Economic Studies. Volume 62 (25th Dubrovnik Economic Conference Symposium), June 2020, pp. 200–214.

Bahar, D., and H Rapoport. "Migration, Knowledge Diffusion and the Comparative Advantage of Nations". The Economic Journal. Volume 128, Issue 612, July 2018, pp. F273-F305

Scholarly Interests

Economic gains from migration and refugees, knowledge and technology diffusion, innovation, entrepreneurship, structural transformation, economic growth and development