Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/123571
Authors: 
Asongu, Simplice A.
Year of Publication: 
2012
Series/Report no.: 
AGDI Working Paper WP/12/037
Abstract: 
This paper examines three relevant hypotheses on the incidence of health worker migration on human development and economic prosperity (at macro and micro levels) in Africa. Owing to lack of relevant data on Health Human Resource (HHR) migration for the continent, the subject matter has remained empirically void over the last decades despite the acute concern of health professional emigration. Using quantile regression, the following findings have been established. (1) The effect of HHR emigration is positive (negative) at low (high) levels of economic growth. (2) HHR emigration improves (mitigates) human development (GDP per capita growth) in low (high) quantiles of the distribution. (3) Specific differences in effects are found in top quantiles of human development and low quantiles of GDP per capita growth where, the physician (nurse) emigration elasticities of development are positive (negative) and negative (positive) respectively. As a policy implication, blanked health-worker emigration control policies are unlikely to succeed across countries with different levels of human development and economic prosperity. Hence, the policies should be contingent on the prevailing levels of development and tailored differently across the most and least developed African countries.
Subjects: 
Welfare
Health
Human Capital
Migration
JEL: 
D60
F22
I10
J24
O15
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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