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High Skilled Immigration in the International Arena

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  • Chiswick, Barry R.

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    (George Washington University)

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This conceptual paper, prepared for a United Nations Expert Group Meeting on Migration and Development, is concerned with the international mobility of high-skilled workers, previously referred to as the "brain drain". After discussing the historical background of high-skilled international migration, the paper examines the reasons for the recent growth in demand for high-skilled workers in the technologically advanced nations. If then examines the impact of high-skilled migration on the level and distribution of income in the destinations. The causes and consequences of high-skilled emigration from the perspective of the origins or sending countries are examined. Educational finance and taxing policies that encourage emigration, emigrant remittances, and the "brain gain" from returning emigrants are discussed. Alternative public policies are considered.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 1782.

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Length: 11 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2005
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Publication status: published in: T.R. Shastri (ed.), Emigration: Economic Implications, Icfai University Press, India, 2007, 84-95
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp1782

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Keywords: high skilled workers; economic development; immigration;

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  1. Barry Chiswick & Timothy J.. Hatton, 2003. "International Migration and the Integration of Labor Markets," NBER Chapters, in: Globalization in Historical Perspective, pages 65-120 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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Cited by:
  1. Milo Bianchi, 2013. "Immigration Policy and Self-Selecting Migrants," Journal of Public Economic Theory, Association for Public Economic Theory, vol. 15(1), pages 1-23, 02.
  2. Alexander Kemnitz, 2008. "Native Welfare Losses from High Skilled Immigration," CESifo Working Paper Series 2409, CESifo Group Munich.
  3. Sean Archer, 2007. "The International Literature on Skills Training and the Scope for South African Application," Working Papers 07124, University of Cape Town, Development Policy Research Unit.
  4. Stolz, Yvonne & Baten, Joerg, 2012. "Brain drain in the age of mass migration: Does relative inequality explain migrant selectivity?," Explorations in Economic History, Elsevier, vol. 49(2), pages 205-220.
  5. Peter Huber, 2012. "Do commuters suffer from job--education mismatch?," Applied Economics Letters, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 19(4), pages 349-352, March.
  6. Peter Huber & Julia Bock-Schappelwein, 2012. "The Impact of Migration Policy on Migrants' Education Structure. Evidence from Two Austrian Policy Experiments," WIFO Working Papers 428, WIFO.

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