Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/27287
Authors: 
Constant, Amelie F.
D'Agosto, Elena
Year of Publication: 
2008
Series/Report no.: 
DIW Discussion Papers 763
Abstract: 
This paper studies the major determinants that affect the country choice of the talented Italian scientists and researchers who have at least a bachelor's from Italy and live abroad. There are three alternative country choices: the US/Canada, the UK, and other EU countries. On average, the brainy Italians exhibit a higher predicted probability to go to the US. Ceteris paribus, both push and pull factors are important. While having a Ph.D. from outside Italy predicts the UK choice, having extra working experience from outside Italy predicts migration to other EU countries. Those who stay abroad temporarily for two to four years are definitely more likely to go to the UK. Specialization in the fields of humanities, social sciences, and health are strong determinants of migration to the UK. For the move to the US, while the humanities area is a significant deterrent, health is a positive deciding factor. Lack of funds in Italy constitutes a significant push to the US.
Subjects: 
Brain drain
skilled migration
Italy
push-pull factors
JEL: 
J61
J24
F22
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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