Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/145228
Authors: 
Christensen, Julie
Onul, Darius
Singh, Prakarsh
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 10094
Abstract: 
We reevaluate the hypothesis and empirical result that ethnic civil wars lead to higher skilled emigration (Bang and Mitra, 2013). We develop a simple conceptual framework that predicts contrasting results depending upon if the economy is assumed to be agglomerating in skilled labor or non-agglomerating with network effects. In the latter case, non-ethnic wars may lead to higher skilled emigration. A regression model that accounts for the time-varying definition of migration and includes important explanatory variables shows that non-ethnic wars as opposed to ethnic wars may lead to more skilled emigration.
Subjects: 
civil war
emigration
brain drain
ethnic war
agglomeration
high-skilled migration
JEL: 
J1
F2
O1
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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