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Measuring Skilled Migration Rates: The Case of Small States

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  • Docquier, Frederic

    (Catholic University of Louvain)

  • Schiff, Maurice

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    (The World Bank)

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Recent changes in information and communication technologies have contributed to a dramatic increase in the degree of integration and interdependency of countries, markets, and people. Against this background, one aspect of particular concern for small states is the international movement of people. This paper focuses on this particularly important aspect of globalization, with emphasis on the movement of skilled people and its relationship with country size. In addition to overall skilled migration, it provides evidence that controls for migration age in order to distinguish between those educated in the home country and those educated abroad. The authors discuss the growth implications of the brain drain from small countries and policies that may help control it.

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Paper provided by The World Bank in its series Policy Research Working Paper Series with number 4827.

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Length: 34 pages
Date of creation: 04 Feb 2009
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Handle: RePEc:wbk:wbrwps:4827

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Keywords: age structure; aliens; average emigration; average migration; brain; brain drain; brain gain; Census Bureau; Census data; citizen; citizens; citizenship; communication technologies;

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  1. Marc Debuisson & Frédéric Docquier & Abdul Ghafar Noury & Madeleine Nantcho, 2004. "Immigration and aging in the Belgian régions," Brussels Economic Review, ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles, vol. 47(1), pages 139-157.
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