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Brain Drain and LDCs' Growth: Winners and Losers

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  • Michel Beine

    (CADRE, University of Lille II; and DULBEA, Free University of Brussels)

  • Frédéric Docquier

    (CADRE, University of Lille II; and SES, Regional Government of Wallonia, Belgium)

  • Hillel Rapoport

    (CADRE, University of Lille II; CREDPR, Stanford University; and Bar-Ilan University)

Abstract

We present an empirical evaluation of the growth effects of the brain drain for the source countries of migrants. Using recent US data on migration rates by education levels (Carrington and Detragiache, 1998), we find empirical support for the “beneficial brain drain hypothesis” in a sample of 50 developing countries. At the country-level, we distinguish between winners and losers among source countries. While the number of winners is smaller, these include nearly 80% of the total population of developing countries.

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  • Michel Beine & Frédéric Docquier & Hillel Rapoport, 2002. "Brain Drain and LDCs' Growth: Winners and Losers," Working Papers 2002-08, Bar-Ilan University, Department of Economics.
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    Keywords

    Brain Drain; Migration; Growth; Human capital formation; Immigration policy;
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    JEL classification:

    • F22 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Migration
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
    • O15 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Economic Development: Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration

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