Impact of Ethnic Civil Conflict on Migration of Skilled Labor
26 Pages Posted: 8 Aug 2016
We reevaluate the hypothesis and empirical result that ethnic civil wars lead to higher skilled emigration (Bang and Mitra, 2013). We develop a simple conceptual framework that predicts contrasting results depending upon if the economy is assumed to be agglomerating in skilled labor or non-agglomerating with network effects. In the latter case, non-ethnic wars may lead to higher skilled emigration. A regression model that accounts for the time-varying definition of migration and includes important explanatory variables shows that non-ethnic wars as opposed to ethnic wars may lead to more skilled emigration.
Keywords: civil war, emigration, brain drain, ethnic war, agglomeration, high-skilled migration
JEL Classification: J1, F2, O1
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