'Brain Drain' from Turkey: Survey Evidence of Student Non-Return

Career Development International, Vol. 8, No. 2, pp. 52-69, 2003

30 Pages Posted: 26 Sep 2003

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Aysit Tansel

Middle East Technical University (METU) - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; Economic Research Forum (ERF)

Nil Demet Gungor

Middle East Technical University

Abstract

Turkey's first "brain drain" wave began in the 1960s, with doctors and engineers among the first group of emigrants. In recent years, attention has shifted to young university graduates who are seriously contemplating starting their careers abroad as a result of the current economic crisis. Postgraduate studies overseas provide the first step for many in fulfilling this goal. This paper provides an evaluation of the findings of a survey conducted during the first half of 2002 on the return intentions of Turkish students studying abroad. Various factors have been cited as important for student non-return, including political instability, lower salaries and lack of employment opportunities in the home country when studies are completed, as well as a preference to live abroad. In addition to these factors, several other features of Turkey's political economy are considered to be important in explaining the Turkish brain drain.

Keywords: Brain Drain, Turkey

JEL Classification: F20, F22

Suggested Citation

Tansel, Aysit and Gungor, Nil Demet, 'Brain Drain' from Turkey: Survey Evidence of Student Non-Return. Career Development International, Vol. 8, No. 2, pp. 52-69, 2003. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=441160 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.441160

Aysit Tansel (Contact Author)

Middle East Technical University (METU) - Department of Economics ( email )

Inonu Bulvari
Ankara 06800
Turkey
90 312 210 2073 (Phone)
90 312 210 7964 (Fax)

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

Economic Research Forum (ERF) ( email )

21 Al-Sad Al-Aaly St.
(P.O. Box: 12311)
Dokki, Cairo
Egypt

Nil Demet Gungor

Middle East Technical University

Ankara, 06531
Turkey

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