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Talent Abroad Promoting Growth and Institutional Development at Home: Skilled Diaspora as Part of the Country


  • Kuznetsov, Yevgeny

    () (World Bank)


As developing countries embark on a policy agenda of innovation-based growth, they face an acute shortage of competent individuals who know the country well, but who are not part of the “status quo” and therefore have no vested interests other than the best possible country outcome. Paradoxically, the search for these individuals often leads to the country’s talent abroad—its skilled diaspora. The best and brightest, who are crucial for innovation, have often left the country in search of better opportunities. The usual policy focus—encourage return of talent to the home country—is often neither realistic nor necessary. Members of skilled diasporas can just as effectively engage in joint continuous projects with the home country without permanently relocating to it: a phenomenon called “brain circulation.”

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  • Kuznetsov, Yevgeny, 2010. "Talent Abroad Promoting Growth and Institutional Development at Home: Skilled Diaspora as Part of the Country," World Bank - Economic Premise, The World Bank, issue 44, pages 1-7, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:wbk:prmecp:ep44

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    1. Yevgeny Kuznetsov, 2006. "Diaspora Networks and the International Migration of Skills : How Countries Can Draw on their Talent Abroad," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 7008, June.
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    1. Francesco LISSONI, 2016. "Migration and Innovation Diffusion : An Eclectic Survey," Cahiers du GREThA 2016-11, Groupe de Recherche en Economie Théorique et Appliquée.
    2. repec:oup:jecgeo:v:17:y:2017:i:5:p:1009-1038. is not listed on IDEAS

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    skilled diaspora; labor; innovation; immigration; migration; remittances; brain drain; brain circulation; mobility; trade;

    JEL classification:

    • F2 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business
    • F22 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Migration
    • J2 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
    • J61 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Geographic Labor Mobility; Immigrant Workers


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