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Measuring Skilled Migration Rates: The Case of Small States

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  • Docquier, Frederic

    (Catholic University of Louvain)

  • Schiff, Maurice

    () (The World Bank)

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Recent changes in information and communication technologies have contributed to a dramatic increase in the degree of integration and interdependency of countries, markets, and people. Against this background, one aspect of particular concern for small states is the international movement of people. This paper focuses on this particularly important aspect of globalization, with emphasis on the movement of skilled people and its relationship with country size. In addition to overall skilled migration, it provides evidence that controls for migration age in order to distinguish between those educated in the home country and those educated abroad. The authors discuss the growth implications of the brain drain from small countries and policies that may help control it.

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  • Docquier, Frederic & Schiff, Maurice, 2009. "Measuring Skilled Migration Rates: The Case of Small States," Policy Research Working Paper Series 4827, The World Bank.
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    1. Guillermina Jasso, 2009. "Ethnicity and the immigration of highly skilled workers to the United States," International Journal of Manpower, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 30(1/2), pages 26-42, March.
    2. Schiff, Maurice & Wang, Yanling, 2017. "North-South Trade, Technology Diffusion and Productivity Growth: Are Small States Different?," GLO Discussion Paper Series 79, Global Labor Organization (GLO).

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    Keywords

    age structure; aliens; average emigration; average migration; brain; brain drain; brain gain; Census Bureau; Census data; citizen; citizens; citizenship; communication technologies;

    JEL classification:

    • F22 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Migration

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