Where Do the Brainy Italians Go?

27 Pages Posted: 23 May 2008

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Amelie F. Constant

Princeton University; UNU-MERIT; CESifo

Elena D'Agosto

University of Rome Tor Vergata - Faculty of Economics

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This paper studies the major determinants that affect the country choice of the talented Italian scientists and researchers who have at least a bachelor's from Italy and live abroad. There are three alternative country choices: the US/Canada, the UK, and other EU countries. On average, the brainy Italians exhibit a higher predicted probability to go to the US. Ceteris paribus, both push and pull factors are important. While having a Ph.D. from outside Italy predicts the UK choice, having extra working experience from outside Italy predicts migration to other EU countries. Those who stay abroad temporarily for two to four years are definitely more likely to go to the UK. Specialization in the fields of humanities, social sciences, and health are strong determinants of migration to the UK. For the move to the US, while the humanities area is a significant deterrent, health is a positive deciding factor. Lack of funds in Italy constitutes a significant push to the US.

Keywords: brain drain, skilled migration, Italy, push-pull factors

JEL Classification: J61, J24, F22

Suggested Citation

Constant, Amelie F. and D'Agosto, Elena, Where Do the Brainy Italians Go?. IZA Working Paper No. 3325, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1135901 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1135901

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