Do Potential Skilled Emigrants Care About Political Stability at Home?

Review of Development Economics, 2011, 15(3), 442-457

26 Pages Posted: 25 Jan 2013

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Nabamita Dutta

University of Wisconsin, La Crosse

Sanjukta Roy

World Bank

Date Written: 2010

Abstract

In this paper, we consider the role of political stability in the source country as a potential reason for skilled emigration. We control for all prospective source country characteristics and yet skilled emigration is seen to be driven by a relatively better situation of political stability in the home country. Our research clearly shows that government stability, socioeconomic conditions, investment profiles, democratic accountability, internal conflict and ethnic tensions in source nations have significant impacts on the rate of skilled emigration for a sample of developed and developing countries. The results retain robustness even for a subset of only developing nations.

Keywords: Skilled Emigration, Political Risk, Developed and Developing Countries

JEL Classification: F22, O15, O1

Suggested Citation

Dutta, Nabamita and Roy, Sanjukta, Do Potential Skilled Emigrants Care About Political Stability at Home? (2010). Review of Development Economics, 2011, 15(3), 442-457 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2206603

Nabamita Dutta (Contact Author)

University of Wisconsin, La Crosse ( email )

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Sanjukta Roy

World Bank ( email )

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Washington, DC 20433
United States

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