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The effect of emigration on human capital formation

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  • Jean-Pierre Vidal

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This paper focuses on a possible effect of emigration on human capital formation. Emigration to a higher returns to skill country provides an incentive to invest in human capital. The level of human capital formation in the source country can therefore be positively correlated with the probability of emigration. Incidentally a surge in emigration can lead the source country out of an under-development trap. The implications of the model for the convergence controversy are also discussed.

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  • Jean-Pierre Vidal, 1998. "The effect of emigration on human capital formation," Journal of Population Economics, Springer;European Society for Population Economics, vol. 11(4), pages 589-600.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:jopoec:v:11:y:1998:i:4:p:589-600
    Note: Received: 16 July 1997/Accepted: 28 July 1998
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    Keywords

    Emigration · human capital · overlapping generations;

    JEL classification:

    • F22 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Migration

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