The International Migration of Health Professionals

42 Pages Posted: 5 May 2012

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Michel Grignon

McMaster University - Department of Economics

Yaw Owusu

McMaster University - Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis (CHEPA)

Arthur Sweetman

McMaster University - Department of Economics; McMaster University - Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis (CHEPA); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Abstract

Health workforce shortages in developed countries are perceived to be central drivers of health professionals' international migration, one ramification being negative impacts on developing nations' healthcare delivery. After a descriptive international overview, selected economic issues are discussed for developed and developing countries. Health labour markets' unique characteristics imply great complexity in developed economies involving government intervention, licensure, regulation, and (quasi-)union activity. These features affect migrants' decisions, economic integration, and impacts on the receiving nations' health workforce and society. Developing countries sometimes educate citizens in expectation of emigration, while others pursue international treaties in attempts to manage migrant flows.

Keywords: migration, health professionals, international medical graduates

JEL Classification: J61, I15, I18

Suggested Citation

Grignon, Michel and Owusu, Yaw and Sweetman, Arthur, The International Migration of Health Professionals. IZA Discussion Paper No. 6517. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2051360

Michel Grignon (Contact Author)

McMaster University - Department of Economics ( email )

Hamilton, Ontario L8S 4M4
Canada

Yaw Owusu

McMaster University - Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis (CHEPA) ( email )

Canada

Arthur Sweetman

McMaster University - Department of Economics ( email )

1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario L8S 4M4
Canada

McMaster University - Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis (CHEPA) ( email )

1280 Main St. W
Hamilton, ON L8S 4M4
Canada

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Schaumburg-Lippe-Str. 7 / 9
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

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