Does Studying Abroad Induce a Brain Drain?

20 Pages Posted: 16 Mar 2011

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Hessel Oosterbeek

University of Amsterdam - Research Institute in Economics & Econometrics (RESAM); Tinbergen Institute Amsterdam (TIA); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Dinand Webbink

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Date Written: March 14, 2011

Abstract

This paper investigates whether studying abroad increases the propensity to live abroad later on. We use an instrumental variable approach based on cut-offs in the ranking of Dutch higher education graduates who applied for a scholarship programme for outstanding students. Applicants ranked above the cut-off received a scholarship to study abroad. Applicants ranked below the cut-off were denied a scholarship. Assignment of a scholarship increases the probability to study abroad and the number of months spent studying abroad. Studying abroad and the number of months spent studying abroad increase the probability of currently living abroad.

Suggested Citation

Oosterbeek, Hessel and Webbink, Dinand, Does Studying Abroad Induce a Brain Drain? (March 14, 2011). Economica, Vol. 78, No. 310, pp. 347-366, 2011, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1786232 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0335.2009.00818.x

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