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Brain drain and development traps

  • Bénassy, Jean-Pascal
  • Brezis, Elise S.

This paper links the two fields of “development traps” and “brain drain”. We construct a model which integrates endogenous international migration into a simple growth model. As a result the dynamics of the economy can feature some underdevelopment traps: an economy starting with a low level of human capital can be caught in a vicious circle where low level of human capital leads to low wages, and low wages leads to emigration of valuable human capital. We also show that our model displays a rich array of different dynamic regimes, including the above traps, but other regimes as well, and we link explicitly the nature of the regimes to technology and policy parameters.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Development Economics.

Volume (Year): 102 (2013)
Issue (Month): C ()
Pages: 15-22

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Handle: RePEc:eee:deveco:v:102:y:2013:i:c:p:15-22
DOI: 10.1016/j.jdeveco.2012.11.002
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