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International migration and "educated unemployment"

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  • Fan, C. Simon
  • Stark, Oded

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This paper provides a novel explanation of "educated unemployment," which is a salient feature of the labor markets in a number of developing countries. In a simple job-search framework we show that "educated unemployment" is caused by the perspective of international migration, that is, by the possibility of a "brain drain." In addition, the analysis shows that a developing country may end up with more educated workers despite the brain drain and educated unemployment.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Development Economics.

Volume (Year): 83 (2007)
Issue (Month): 1 (May)
Pages: 76-87

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Handle: RePEc:eee:deveco:v:83:y:2007:i:1:p:76-87

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  8. Stark, Oded, 2004. "Rethinking the Brain Drain," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 32(1), pages 15-22, January.
  9. Oded Stark & Christian Helmenstein & Alexia Prskawetz, 1998. "Human Capital Depletion, Human Capital Formation, and Migration: A Blessing in a "Curse"?," Departmental Working Papers _096, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Department of Economics.
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