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The Tenth District's brain drain: who left and what did it cost?


  • Deron Ferguson


Most of the Tenth Federal Reserve District states experienced a brain drain, or an outmigration of highly educated people, during the last half of the 1980s. Fortunately, the recent tide of migration appears to have turned for some district states. Yet, it is still important for policymakers to understand the full impact of a brain drain on a state's economy. Highly educated people are prone to move, based on their region's economic performance relative to other parts of the country. Thus, current favorable migration trends in the district could easily be reversed.

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  • Deron Ferguson, 1995. "The Tenth District's brain drain: who left and what did it cost?," Regional Economic Digest, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, issue Q I, pages 8-13.
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:fedkre:y:1995:i:qi:p:8-13

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