Brain Drain and Brain Gain: The Global Competition to Attract High-Skilled Migrants by Tito Boeri

Brain Drain and Brain Gain: The Global Competition to Attract High-Skilled Migrants

EditorTito Boeri, Herbert Brucker, Frederic Docquier

Hardcover | August 19, 2012

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The worldwide race to attract talents is getting tougher. The US has been leading the race, with its ability to attract PhD candidates and graduates not only from emerging countries, but also from the European Union. However, a growing number of countries have adopted immigration policiesspecifically aimed at selecting and attracting skilled workers. This book describes the global competition to attract talents. It focuses in particular on two phenomena: the brain gain and brain drain associated with high-skilled migration. Part I provides an overview of immigration policies designed to draw in skilled workers. It describes the economic gains associated with skilled immigration in the destination countries and the main determinants of the inflows of skilled immigrants (such as wage premia on education and RandDspending). It also discusses why skill-selective immigration policies do not find more support in receiving countries and shows that interest groups are actively engaged in affecting policies towards skilled migrants. Part II examines the consequences of brain drain for the sending countries. Itreviews the channels through which skilled emigration can affect the source countries and looks at remittances, return migration, diaspora externalities, and network effects that may compensate the sending countries for their loss of human capital. Contrary to traditional wisdom, the resultsindicate that most developing countries experience a net gain from skilled emigration.

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After obtaining his Ph.D. in Economics from New York University, Tito Boeri was senior economist at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) from 1987 to 1996. In this position, among other things, he coordinated all the work carried out by the OECD in the field of human resource policies in the central and ea...

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Title:Brain Drain and Brain Gain: The Global Competition to Attract High-Skilled MigrantsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.03 inPublished:August 19, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Tito Boeri: IntroductionPart I: Understanding Highly Skilled Migration in Developed Countries: The Upcoming Battle for BrainsSimone Bertoli, Herbert Brucker, Giovanni Facchini, Anna Maria Mayda, and Giovanni Peri: Introduction1. Selecting the Highly Skilled: An Overview on Current Policy Approaches2. Global Trends in High Skilled Immigration3. The Determinants of Highly Skilled Migration: Evidence from OECD Countries, 1980 - 20054. The effects of Brain Gain on Growth, Investment, and Employment: Evidence from OECD Countries, 1980 - 20055. The Political Economy of Skilled Immigration6. Can the Battle for Brains turn into a Tragedy of the Commons?7. ConclusionsComments by Sasha Becker and Franco PeracchiPart II: Quantifying the Impact of Highly-Skilled Emigration on Developing CountriesFrederic Docquier and Hillel Rapoport: Introduction8. The Size of the Brain Drain9. Theory, Evidence, and Implications10. Policy Issues11. ConclusionsComments by Antonio Spilimbergo and Alessandra Venturini