Skilled Migration: When Should A Government Restrict Migration Of Skilled Workers?
AbstractIn the brain drain literature models with heterogeneous agents typically predict that all agents who get tertiary education will try to migrate. Hence, the skill composition of the migration flow is the same as that of the skilled population left behind. This result, however, may not represent the migration pattern of some source countries. In this paper I present and analyze a model of heterogeneous agents where immigrants go through an assimilation process upon arriving to the host country. I start by studying the skill composition of the migration flow of a less advanced country. Then, I characterize conditions that lead a benevolent government to promote migration among the skilled population. I show that the government may promote skilled migration despite the fact that the brain drain decreases per capita income.
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Length: 32 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2007
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Assimilation process; brain drain; and migration pattern.;
Find related papers by JEL classification:
- F22 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Migration
- I28 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Government Policy
- J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
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- NEP-ALL-2008-01-19 (All new papers)
- NEP-HRM-2008-01-19 (Human Capital & Human Resource Management)
- NEP-LAB-2008-01-19 (Labour Economics)
- NEP-MIG-2008-01-19 (Economics of Human Migration)
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