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Europe, however, has a leakage issue when it comes to top-tier talent. While 22% of the world's leading AI researchers studied in Europe, just 14% of them now work in the region. This equates to a leakage equivalent to a third of the relevant talent pool. The biggest beneficiary of this is the US. While only 20% of top-tier AI researchers gained their undergraduate degrees in the US, 59% of them now work in the US thanks to the strength of the US tech ecosystem in absorbing world-class talent.

Where do top-tier AI researchers work today?

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