Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/45465
Authors: 
Heuer, Nina
Year of Publication: 
2011
Series/Report no.: 
University of Tübingen working papers in economics and finance 7
Abstract: 
This paper tests the hypothesis of a beneficial brain drain using occupation-specific data on migration from developing countries to OECD countries around 2000. Distinguishing between several types of human capital allows to assess whether the impact of high-skilled south-north migration on human capital in the sending economies differed across occupational groups requiring tertiary education. We find a robust negative effect of the incidence of high-skilled emigration on the level of human capital in the sending countries, thereby rejecting the hypothesis of a beneficial brain drain. The negative effect was significantly stronger for professionals - the occupational category with the largest incidence of south-north migration and the highest educational requirements - than for technicians and associate professionals.
Subjects: 
International migration
Occupation-specific brain drain
Human capital
Transferability of skills
Beneficial brain drain
JEL: 
F22
J24
O15
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Document Type: 
Working Paper

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