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Dynamics of Educational Differences in Emigration from Estonia to the Old EU Member States

  • Kristi Anniste

    ()

    (University of Tartu)

  • Tiit Tammaru

    ()

    (University of Tartu)

  • Enel Pungas

    ()

    (University of Tartu)

  • Tiiu Paas

    ()

    (University of Tartu)

The study analyzes the changes in emigration from Estonia in order to shed more light on East-West migration, contributing to the main debate on “brain drain” by focusing on educational differences in emigration. We use anonymous individual level data for all emigrants from the register-based Estonian Emigration Database compiled by Statistics Estonia for the period 2000–2008. The analysis shows that there has been no significant brain drain from Estonia as the new EU member state during this period. Moreover, we find evidence of a spreading of the emigration norm into a wider range of population groups, including the less educated, since Estonia joined the European Union in 2004.

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Paper provided by Norface Research Programme on Migration, Department of Economics, University College London in its series Norface Discussion Paper Series with number 2012017.

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Handle: RePEc:nor:wpaper:2012017
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