Does Brain Drain Lead to Institutional Gain?
The World Economy, 2017
36 Pages Posted: 7 Nov 2013 Last revised: 21 Sep 2017
Date Written: November 5, 2013
A country’s endowment of human capital can affect its institutions through various channels. This raises the possibility that skilled emigration can leave its mark on a country’s institutional development. We combine recent datasets on emigrant stocks and institutional quality to explore the impacts of mobile human capital on home country’s institutional quality. Using geography-based instruments for emigrant human capital, we find that larger emigrant human capital stocks (as a share of domestic population) are associated with higher quality of political institutions, but lower quality of economics institutions.
Keywords: emigration, institution, human capital
JEL Classification: F22, O4
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