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Extending the case for a beneficial brain drain

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  • Simone Bertoli

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    (University of Florence and IAB (Institute for Employment Research))

  • Herbert Brücker

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    (University of Bamberg and IAB (Institute for Employment Research))

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The recent literature about the so-called beneficial brain drain assumes that destination countries are characterized not only by higher wages than the source country, but also by a higher or at least not lower relative return to education. However, it is a well known stylized fact that the returns to education are higher in rich than in poor countries. Against this background, we assess whether the main prediction of this literature, namely the possibility of a beneficial brain gain, still holds under the reverse assumption. We show that there is a still a strong case for a beneficial brain drain, even if the returns to education in the source country exceed those in the destination country. Immigration policies that are biased against unskilled workers are not necessary for a beneficial brain drain to occur once one considers that agents face heterogeneous migration costs.

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Paper provided by Norface Research Programme on Migration, Department of Economics, University College London in its series Norface Discussion Paper Series with number 2012008.

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Keywords: migration; brain drain; skill premium; heterogeneous agents; selective immigration policies;

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  1. Bertoli, Simone & Brücker, Herbert, 2010. "Selective Immigration Policies, Migrants' Education and Welfare at Origin," IZA Discussion Papers 5395, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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