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Employment, satisfaction and the brain drain for south Italy’s graduates

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  • Daria Ciriaci

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This article aims to describe the brain drain from Southern Italy (the so-called Mezzogiorno) to Northern Italy and to analyze its causes and consequences. To this end, we have processed the individual data of the ISTAT survey on the professional placement of the graduates of 2001 three years later. The empirical evidence suggests that the graduate labour force of the Southern regions goes where the demand is, and finds jobs that fall short of the qualifications obtained. While labour mobility increases job opportunities, it does not guarantee greater “satisfaction” in terms of economic conditions and career possibilities to southern graduates, and seems more the result of necessity than a free choice.

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Article provided by Associazione Rossi Doria in its journal QA.

Volume (Year): (2006)
Issue (Month): 4 (November)
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Handle: RePEc:rar:journl:0043

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Keywords: Brain-Drain; Labour Mobility; Demand for Labour;

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  1. Miyagiwa, K., 1989. "Scale Economics In Education And The Brain Drain Problem," Working Papers 89-09, University of Washington, Department of Economics.
  2. Beine, Michel & Docquier, Frederic & Rapoport, Hillel, 2001. "Brain drain and economic growth: theory and evidence," Journal of Development Economics, Elsevier, vol. 64(1), pages 275-289, February.
  3. Ciriaci D., 2005. "La fuga del capitale umano qualificato dal Mezzogiorno: un catching-up sempre più difficile," Rivista economica del Mezzogiorno, Società editrice il Mulino, issue 2-3, pages 369-404.
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  5. Mountford, Andrew, 1997. "Can a brain drain be good for growth in the source economy?," Journal of Development Economics, Elsevier, vol. 53(2), pages 287-303, August.
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