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Brain Drain and LDCs' Growth: Winners and Losers

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  • Michel Beine

    (CADRE, University of Lille II; and DULBEA, Free University of Brussels)

  • Frédéric Docquier

    (CADRE, University of Lille II; and SES, Regional Government of Wallonia, Belgium)

  • Hillel Rapoport

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    (CADRE, University of Lille II; CREDPR, Stanford University; and Bar-Ilan University)

Abstract

We present an empirical evaluation of the growth effects of the brain drain for the source countries of migrants. Using recent US data on migration rates by education levels (Carrington and Detragiache, 1998), we find empirical support for the “beneficial brain drain hypothesis” in a sample of 50 developing countries. At the country-level, we distinguish between winners and losers among source countries. While the number of winners is smaller, these include nearly 80% of the total population of developing countries.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, Bar-Ilan University in its series Working Papers with number 2002-08.

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Keywords: Brain Drain; Migration; Growth; Human capital formation; Immigration policy;

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