Reference : A Panel Data Analysis of the Brain Gain
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Business & economic sciences : International economics
A Panel Data Analysis of the Brain Gain
Beine, Michel mailto [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance (FDEF) > Center for Research in Economic Analysis (CREA) >]
Defoort, Cécily [University of Lille 2]
Docquier, Frederic [Université Catholique de Louvain]
World Development Forum
[en] human capital ; brain drain ; convergence
[en] In this paper, we revisit the impact of skilled emigration on human cap-
ital accumulation using new panel data covering 147 countries on the period
1975-2000. We derive testable predictions from a stylized theoretical model and
test them in dynamic regression models. Our empirical analysis predicts con-
ditional convergence of human capital indicators. Our ndings also reveal that
skilled migration prospects foster human capital accumulation in low-income
countries. In these countries, a net brain gain can be obtained if the skilled
emigration rate is not too large (i.e. does not exceed 20 to 30 percent depend-
ing on other country characteristics). On the contrary, we find no evidence
of a signi ficant incentive mechanism in middle-income and, unsuprisingly, in
high-income countries.
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