Measuring International Skilled Migration: A New Database Controlling for Age of Entry

Posted: 16 Jun 2008

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Frédéric Docquier

Université catholique de Louvain; CREAM, Centre for Research on Environmental Appraisal & Management, UK; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Hillel Rapoport

Bar-Ilan University - Department of Economics; Stanford University

Date Written: 2007

Abstract

Recent data on international migration of skilled workers define skilled migrants by education level without distinguishing whether they acquired their education in the home or the host country. This article uses immigrants' age of entry as a proxy for where they acquired their education. Data on age of entry are available from a subset of receiving countries that together represent 77 percent of total skilled immigration to countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Using these data and a simple gravity model to estimate the age-of-entry structure of the remaining 23 percent, alternative brain drain measures are proposed that exclude immigrants who arrived before ages 12, 18, and 22.

Keywords: F22, J24

Suggested Citation

Docquier, Frédéric and Rapoport, Hillel, Measuring International Skilled Migration: A New Database Controlling for Age of Entry (2007). The World Bank Economic Review, Vol. 21, Issue 2, pp. 249-254, 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1146041 or http://dx.doi.org/lhm007

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CREAM, Centre for Research on Environmental Appraisal & Management, UK

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Hillel Rapoport

Bar-Ilan University - Department of Economics ( email )

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Stanford University ( email )

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