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Title:A note on brain gain and brain drain: Permanent migration and education policy PDF Logo
Authors:Haupt, Alexander
Krieger, Tim
Lange, Thomas
Issue Date:2010
Series/Report no.:CESifo working paper Economics of Education 3154
Abstract:In this note, we present a novel channel for a brain gain. Students from a developing country study in a developed host country. A higher permanent migration probability of these students appears to be a brain drain for the developing country in the first place. However, it induces the host country to improve its education quality, as a larger share of the generated benefits accrue in this host country. A higher education quality raises in turn the human capital of the returning students. As long as the permanent migration probability is not too large, this positive effect causes both aggregate and per-capita human capital to increase in the developing country. Thus, a brain gain occurs.
Subjects:brain gain
education policy
human capital
return migration
JEL:F22
I28
J61
O15
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:CESifo Working Papers, CESifo Group Munich

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