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Guest-Worker Migration, Human Capital and Fertility

24 Pages Posted: 4 May 2011  

Leonid V. Azarnert

Ariel University Center

Date Written: April 29, 2011


This work focuses on a temporary guest-worker-type migration of individuals from the middle class of the wealth distribution. The article demonstrates that the possibility of a low-skilled guest-worker employment in a higher wage foreign country lowers the relative attractiveness of the skilled employment in the home country. Thus it prevents a fraction of individuals from acquiring human capital. Therefore, even if all individuals who acquired education remain in the home country, the actual number of educated workers in the source economy decreases, and the aggregate level of human capital in this economy would thus be negatively affected.

Keywords: migration, human capital, fertility, brain drain, economic growth

JEL Classification: F220, F430, J130, J240, J610, O150

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Azarnert, Leonid V., Guest-Worker Migration, Human Capital and Fertility (April 29, 2011). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 3429. Available at SSRN:

Leonid V. Azarnert (Contact Author)

Ariel University Center ( email )

Dept. of Economics and Business Administration
Ariel, 40700

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