Brain Drain and its Determinants: A Major Issue for Small States
25 Pages Posted: 3 Nov 2008
This paper examines the relationship between the brain drain and country size, as well as the extent of small states' overall loss of human capital. We find that small states are the main losers because they i) lose a larger proportion of their skilled labor force and ii) exhibit stronger reactions to standard push factors. We also observe that the correlation between human capital indicators and country size is close to zero. This suggests that small states are more successful in producing skilled natives and less successful in retaining them.
Keywords: brain drain, small states, human capital, openness
JEL Classification: F22, J24, J61, O15
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