Civil War, Ethnicity, and the Migration of Skilled Labor
AbstractWe investigate the impact of civil war on high skilled emigration rates to the OECD over the period 1985-2000. Controlling for economic and institutional characteristics of source countries, we find that civil war increases high skilled emigration by about 5 percent on the average. However, the nature of conflict matters: While brain drain from countries with ethnic conflict is about 6-8 percent greater on average than it is from countries without conflict, brain drain from countries with nonethnic conflict is less, and statistically insignificant. Duration also matters: Each additional year of ethnic conflict worsens the brain drain by between 0.4 and 1 percent, whereas the effect of an additional year of nonethnic conflict is small and insignificant.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Middlebury College, Department of Economics in its series Middlebury College Working Paper Series with number 1034.
Length: 23 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2010
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- James T Bang & Aniruddha Mitra, 2013. "Civil War, Ethnicity, and the Migration of Skilled Labor," Eastern Economic Journal, Palgrave Macmillan, vol. 39(3), pages 387-401.
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