Israel's Brain Drain
Israel Economic Review, Vol. 5, No. 1, pp. 1-22, 2007
22 Pages Posted: 29 Apr 2008
Date Written: 2007
This paper examines the rate of emigration from Israel - known as "yerida" - in the years 1995 to 2004. Specifically, we examine how the rate of yerida varies according to education levels, employment status, income, marital status, and the number of years living in Israel. The analysis uses data from the 1995 Israeli census, combined with an indicator for yerida status as of 2004. The data show that the probability of emigrating from Israel is 2.5 times higher for educated individuals (individuals with a bachelor's degree or higher) than those with less education. A similar pattern exists for new immigrants to Israel, although the magnitudes are much larger and the relationship between education and the probability of leaving Israel is much more pronounced.
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