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Title:Brain drain, remittances, and fertility PDF Logo
Authors:Marchiori, Luca
Pieretti, Patrice
Zou, Benteng
Issue Date:2008
Series/Report no.:Working papers // Institute of Mathematical Economics 408
Abstract:This paper analyzes the effects of skilled migration and remittances on fertility decisions at origin. We develop an overlapping generations model which accounts for endogenous fertility and education. Parents choose the number of children they want to raise and decide upon how many children obtain higher education. Only high skilled individuals migrate with a certain probability and remit to their parents. We find that an increase in the probability to emigrate leads both high and low skilled parents to send more children to obtain higher education. However the effect on the number of children is ambiguous. In a further analysis, we calibrate the model to match different characteristics of a developing economy. When the destination country relaxes the immigration restrictions, more high skilled individuals leave the origin country. The result is that, at origin, increased high skilled emigration reduces fertility and fosters human capital accumulation.
Subjects:Skilled emigration
Remittances
Fertility
Human capital
JEL:F22
F24
J13
J24
Persistent Identifier of the first edition:urn:nbn:de:hbz:361-14173
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Working Papers, Center for Mathematical Economics (IMW), Bielefeld University

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