Decision to Emigrate Amongst the Youth in Lebanon

26 Pages Posted: 22 Jan 2017

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Ghassan Dibeh

American University of Beirut

Ali Fakih

Lebanese American University

Walid Marrouch

Lebanese American University; CIRANO

Date Written: January 2017

Abstract

This paper studies the determinants of youth emigration decisions, which is considered to be one of the main causes of 'Brain Drain' in Arab Mediterranean Countries (AMCs). We focus on the case of Lebanon using a unique dataset covering young people aged 15 to 29 from the year 2016. The aim of the paper is to identify the profile of youth's propensity to emigrate from Lebanon. The empirical results indicate that youth from non-wealthy backgrounds living in smaller dwellings have a higher propensity to emigrate. It is also found that being male and unemployed has a positive incidence on migration. Moreover, university education promotes the willingness to emigrate; while residents of poor regions are more likely to express such willingness. Finally, the paper provides some insights for policymakers.

Keywords: emigration, youth, Lebanon, probit model

JEL Classification: C25, J60, O15

Suggested Citation

Dibeh, Ghassan and Fakih, Ali and Marrouch, Walid, Decision to Emigrate Amongst the Youth in Lebanon (January 2017). IZA Discussion Paper No. 10493. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2903115

Ghassan Dibeh (Contact Author)

American University of Beirut

Ali Fakih

Lebanese American University ( email )

Walid Marrouch

Lebanese American University ( email )

P.O. Box 13 - 5053
Chouran-Beirut
Beirut, 1102 2801
Lebanon

CIRANO ( email )

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Montreal, Quebec H3A 2M8
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