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Return migration in Italy: what do we know?

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  • Biondo, Alessio E.

    () (University of Catania)

  • Monteleone, Simona

    (University of Naples “Parthenope”)

Abstract

Return migration is the positive counterpart of brain drain. Human capital accumulation increases in a country if skilled agents go back home after a period spent working abroad. Effects of brain drain in Italy could be negative as highly skilled migrants decide not to come back to their native country. Our simple model shows that if preference for home consumption is balanced by career opportunities and life-style conditions, agents leave Italy and prefer to remain abroad. Data support and policy implications are provided.

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  • Biondo, Alessio E. & Monteleone, Simona, 2010. "Return migration in Italy: what do we know?," DEMQ Working Paper Series 2010/1, University of Catania, Department of Economics and Quantitative Methods.
  • Handle: RePEc:ris:demqwp:2010_001
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    1. Alessio Biondo, 2012. "What’s up after brain drain? Sometimes, somewhere, someone comes back: a general model of return migration," International Review of Economics, Springer;Happiness Economics and Interpersonal Relations (HEIRS), vol. 59(3), pages 269-284, September.

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    Keywords

    Return migration; brain drain.;

    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

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