Impact of Ethnic Civil Conflict on Migration of Skilled Labor

12 Pages Posted: 24 Apr 2018

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Date Written: August 2016


We reevaluate the hypothesis and empirical result that ethnic civil wars lead to higher skilled emigration [Bang and Mitra in East Econ J 39(3):387–401, 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

Suggested Citation

Christensen, Julie and Onul, Darius and Singh, Prakarsh, Impact of Ethnic Civil Conflict on Migration of Skilled Labor (August 2016). Eastern Economic Journal, Vol. 44, Issue 1, 2016. Available at SSRN: or

Julie Christensen (Contact Author)

Amherst College

Amherst, MA 01002
United States

Darius Onul

Cornerstone Research

1000 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025-4327
United States

Prakarsh Singh

Amherst College ( email )

Amherst, MA 01002
United States

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