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Do brain drain and poverty result from coordination failures?

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  • David Croix

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  • Frédéric Docquier

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We explore the complementarities between high-skill emigration and poverty in developing countries. We build a model endogenizing human-capital accumulation, high-skill migration and productivity. Two countries sharing the same characteristics may end up either in a “low poverty/low brain drain†path or in a “high poverty/high brain drain†path. After identifying country-specific parameters, we find that, for a majority of countries, the observed equilibrium has higher income than the other possible one. In 22 developing countries (including 20 small states with less than 2 million inhabitants), poverty and high brain drain are worsened by a coordination failure. For 25 other countries, a radical worsening of economic performances is feasible. These results are fairly robust to identification assumptions and the inclusion of a brain-gain mechanism.

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Journal of Economic Growth.

Volume (Year): 17 (2012)
Issue (Month): 1 (March)
Pages: 1-26

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Handle: RePEc:kap:jecgro:v:17:y:2012:i:1:p:1-26
DOI: 10.1007/s10887-011-9073-2
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