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Title:Does migration stimulate human capital investment Theory and evidence PDF Logo
Authors:Brücker, Herbert
Defoort, Cécily
Gruen, Carola
Issue Date:2008
Series/Report no.:Proceedings of the German Development Economics Conference, Zürich 2008 15
Abstract:This paper investigates whether international migration stimulates additional investment in human capital in host countries. First, a simple theoretical model is developed, showing that if migration were allowed, additional human capital investment is possible. Whether human capital endowment in host countries will rise or fall, is an open problem. This result differs from traditional theories of brain drain which typically assume an exogenous level of human capital investment. The empirical part of the paper employs a newly collated data set. First results show that the share of the population investing in education increases with the share of highly qualified emigrants.
Subjects:International migration
Human capital
Labour market
Panel data econometrics
JEL:F22
Document Type:Conference Paper
Appears in Collections:Proceedings of the German Development Economics Conference, 2008 (Zürich)

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