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Does international mobility of high-skilled workers aggravate between-country inequality?

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  • Grossmann, Volker
  • Stadelmann, David

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This paper analyzes the interaction of international migration of high-skilled labor and relative wage income between source and destination economies of expatriates. We develop an overlapping-generations model with increasing returns which suggests that international integration of the market for skilled labor aggravates between-country inequality by harming those which are source economies to begin with while benefiting host economies. The result is robust to allowing governments to optimally adjust productivity-enhancing investments which could potentially attenuate brain drain. Optimal public investment tends to decrease in response to higher emigration.

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  • Grossmann, Volker & Stadelmann, David, 2011. "Does international mobility of high-skilled workers aggravate between-country inequality?," Journal of Development Economics, Elsevier, vol. 95(1), pages 88-94, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:deveco:v:95:y:2011:i:1:p:88-94
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    Brain drain Between-country wage differences Public investment Total factor productivity;

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    • F22 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Migration
    • O30 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - General
    • H40 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - General

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