International Cooperation to Manage High-Skill Migration: The Case of India/U.S. Relations

Review of Policy Research, Forthcoming

GMU School of Public Policy Research Paper No. 2010-13

36 Pages Posted: 26 Apr 2010 Last revised: 19 May 2010

David M. Hart

George Mason University - School of Public Policy

Ted Davis

George Mason University - School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs

Date Written: March 23, 2010

Abstract

Highly-skilled people are among the most valuable factors of production in the contemporary world economy. Some have characterized the competition among nations for these people as a “brain drain” or “war for talent” that imposes significant costs on the countries of emigration. However, the distribution of costs and benefits that results from high-skill migration is not necessarily zero-sum or fixed. It may be altered through international cooperation, producing a self-reinforcing “win-win” scenario for sending and receiving countries. Bilateral cooperation, focused on specific sectors affected by migration, is the most promising approach for realizing such a scenario.

This paper explores the prospects and potential for such cooperation between India and the U.S., which comprise what is probably the world’s largest high-skill mobility relationship. After sketching the broad contours of the relationship, we explore the prospects for mutually beneficial cooperation in three specific fields of high-skill migration: information technology services, medicine and nursing, and graduate education.

Keywords: High-Skill Migration, International Governance, India/U.S. Relations

Suggested Citation

Hart, David M. and Davis, Ted, International Cooperation to Manage High-Skill Migration: The Case of India/U.S. Relations (March 23, 2010). Review of Policy Research, Forthcoming; GMU School of Public Policy Research Paper No. 2010-13. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1594960

David M. Hart (Contact Author)

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Ted Davis

George Mason University - School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs ( email )

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