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Civil War, Ethnicity, and the Migration of Skilled Labor


  • Aniruddha Mitra


  • James T. Bang


We investigate the impact of civil war on high skilled emigration rates to the OECD over the period 1985-2000. Controlling for economic and institutional characteristics of source countries, we find that civil war increases high skilled emigration by about 5 percent on the average. However, the nature of conflict matters: While brain drain from countries with ethnic conflict is about 6-8 percent greater on average than it is from countries without conflict, brain drain from countries with nonethnic conflict is less, and statistically insignificant. Duration also matters: Each additional year of ethnic conflict worsens the brain drain by between 0.4 and 1 percent, whereas the effect of an additional year of nonethnic conflict is small and insignificant.

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  • Aniruddha Mitra & James T. Bang, 2010. "Civil War, Ethnicity, and the Migration of Skilled Labor," Middlebury College Working Paper Series 1034, Middlebury College, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:mdl:mdlpap:1034

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    1. Aniruddha Mitra & James Bang & Phanindra Wunnava, 2014. "Financial liberalization and the selection of emigrants: a cross-national analysis," Empirical Economics, Springer, vol. 47(1), pages 199-226, August.
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