Do Yoon Kim - Faculty & Research - Harvard Business School

Do Yoon Kim

Doctoral Student

Do Yoon is a fifth year Doctoral Student in the Strategy unit at the Harvard Business School. He is interested in the reasons for corporate participation in the Free and Open Source (FOSS) software community, and its implications. Currently he is studying potential labor market benefits of FOSS participation, and issues relating to intellectual property rights in FOSS.

Do Yoon received a B.A. in Economics, Mathematics, and Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences from Northwestern University in 2013. As an undergrad, he worked as a research assistant for the Institute for Policy Resarch at Northwestern University looking at opinion dynamics. He served in the Republic of Korea Army as a Sergeant and was discharged in 2010.
Working Papers
  1. Intellectual Baggage of Ethnic Migrant Inventors: Transfer and Recombination of Knowledge Across Borders

    Prithwiraj Choudhury and Do Yoon Kim

    Ethnic migrant inventors might differ from locals in terms of knowledge they bring to host firms. We study the role of first-generation ethnic migrant inventors in cross-border transfer of knowledge previously locked within the cultural context of their home regions. Using a unique dataset of Chinese and Indian herbal patents filed in the United States, we find that an increase in the supply of first-generation ethnic migrant inventors increases the rate of codification of herbal knowledge at U.S. assignees. Our identification comes from an exogenous shock to the quota of H1B visas and from a list of entities exempted from the shock. We also find that ethnic migrant inventors are more likely to engage in reuse of their prior knowledge, whereas inventors from other ethnic backgrounds are more likely to engage in knowledge recombination.

    Keywords: skilled migration; ethnic migration; first-generation migrant; cultural context; knowledge flows; knowledge reuse; knowledge recombination; recombinant creation; H1B visas; Knowledge Sharing; Knowledge Use and Leverage; Knowledge Dissemination; Immigration; Ethnicity;


    Choudhury, Prithwiraj, and Do Yoon Kim. "Intellectual Baggage of Ethnic Migrant Inventors: Transfer and Recombination of Knowledge Across Borders." Harvard Business School Working Paper, No. 17-069, January 2017. (Revised January 2018.)  View Details