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Rent-seeking activities and the `brain gain' effects of migration

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  • Baochun Peng

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This paper studies migration and rent-seeking activities in a framework of heterogeneous ability. It is shown that, despite the depletion of productive resources known as the `brain drain,' the possibility of migration could sufficiently reduce participation in rent-seeking activities and increase participation in productive activities such that the net effect of migration is a `brain gain.' Moreover, the possibility of migration that sufficiently enlarges the relative reward to ability in the productive sector could result in qualitative improvements in the allocation of talent.

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  • Baochun Peng, 2009. "Rent-seeking activities and the `brain gain' effects of migration," Canadian Journal of Economics, Canadian Economics Association, vol. 42(4), pages 1561-1577, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:cje:issued:v:42:y:2009:i:4:p:1561-1577
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    • F22 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Migration
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity

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