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Brain Drain and Brain GainThe Global Competition to Attract High-Skilled Migrants$
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Tito Boeri, Herbert Brücker, Frédéric Docquier, and Hillel Rapoport

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199654826

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199654826.001.0001

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(p.290) 11 Conclusion
Brain Drain and Brain Gain

Frédéric Docquier

Hillel Rapoport

Oxford University Press

This chapter summarizes the main finding of the book, that is the fact that the impact of highly skilled emigration on sending countries need not be detrimental. The chapter argues that the optimal skilled emigration rate is certainly positive. However, the optimal brain drain rate is likely to be extremely heterogeneous across countries, depending on their size, economic and institutional development, and on whether the brain drain is concentrated in certain sectors that are essential to TFP growth and human capital formation.

Keywords:   brain drain, migration policy, emigration, sending countries

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