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Does Aid Induce Brain Drain? The Effect of Foreign Aid on Migration Selection

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  • Darwin Ugarte

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  • Vincenzo Verardi

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Recent evidence suggests that aid induces migration. However, total migration is quite general from a policy perspective since what explains the welfare consequences of migration is the extent of emigration selection. In this paper we ask whether skilled or unskilled migration is more sensitive to aid and to the different mechanisms through which aid may affect self-selection among international emigrants. We show that aid induces positive selection. And that the effect on skilled migration is larger than the effect on unskilled migration. As possible mechanisms to explain the relation, we find that aid induces skilled migration by reducing transaction and information costs, by improving the distribution of schooling, and by helping to overcome liquidity constraints.

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  • Darwin Ugarte & Vincenzo Verardi, 2010. "Does Aid Induce Brain Drain? The Effect of Foreign Aid on Migration Selection," Working Papers 1012, University of Namur, Department of Economics.
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    Keywords

    Foreign aid; International migration; Self-selection; Brain drain.;
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    JEL classification:

    • F35 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Foreign Aid
    • F22 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Migration
    • C23 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Models with Panel Data; Spatio-temporal Models

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