Impact of Ethnic Civil Conflict on Migration of Skilled Labor

26 Pages Posted: 8 Aug 2016

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Julie Christensen

Amherst College

Darius Roland Onul

Amherst College

Prakarsh Singh

Amherst College - Department of Economics

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Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Christensen, Julie and Onul, Darius Roland and Singh, Prakarsh, Impact of Ethnic Civil Conflict on Migration of Skilled Labor. IZA Discussion Paper No. 10094. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2819375

Julie Christensen (Contact Author)

Amherst College

Amherst, MA 01002
United States

Darius Roland Onul

Amherst College

Prakarsh Singh

Amherst College - Department of Economics ( email )

P.O. Box 5000
Amherst, MA 01002-5000
United States
413-542-2271 (Phone)

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