Indian Inventor Mobility and the Importance of Ethnic Community

Gino Marinelli

Student thesis: Master thesis


Human asset mobility represents a field that has been extensively studied in the economic literature, yet there are some aspects of such discipline that deserve a further analysis. In particular, this study aims at analyzing the mobility patterns of Indian inventors in the semiconductor industry, with regard to the situation in California and in the other states. Indians in the US possess some peculiar characteristics that make them suitable for the purposes of this study. Indeed, they are very well educated, they have on average high academic degrees and also seem to have the highest entrepreneurial ambitions among immigrants, according to a vast body of literature. California instead, is the reference point of this analysis, since it represents the state in which the first ethnic associations began to arise. These associations, providers of resources and mentoring, enable Indian members to increase their chances of success in any field of activity. One of the most important association is represented by “The Indus Entrepreneurs” (TiE), an association born in California in 1992, whose goal resides in the intention to foster entrepreneurship.
This study proposes itself to observe if the introduction of these types of institutions, and in particular TiE, has somehow influenced the mobility patterns of Indian inventors. Differences in the activity of new venture formation are therefore expected, especially in California, the State where TiE was born. Furthermore, this study intends to assess the individual performance differences characterizing Indian inventors in the mobility context. The results of this study partly meet the initial expectations. In fact, findings reveal higher mobility to startups in California than in other territories as well as various differences in the individual performances among Indian inventors.

EducationsMSc in Management of Innovation and Business Development, (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
Publication date2016
Number of pages107
SupervisorsFrancesco Di Lorenzo