High Skilled Immigration in the International Arena

11 Pages Posted: 18 Oct 2005

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Barry R. Chiswick

University of Illinois at Chicago; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Date Written: September 2005

Abstract

This conceptual paper, prepared for a United Nations Expert Group Meeting on Migration and Development, is concerned with the international mobility of high-skilled workers, previously referred to as the "brain drain". After discussing the historical background of high-skilled international migration, the paper examines the reasons for the recent growth in demand for high-skilled workers in the technologically advanced nations. If then examines the impact of high-skilled migration on the level and distribution of income in the destinations. The causes and consequences of high-skilled emigration from the perspective of the origins or sending countries are examined. Educational finance and taxing policies that encourage emigration, emigrant remittances, and the "brain gain" from returning emigrants are discussed. Alternative public policies are considered.

Keywords: immigration, high skilled workers, economic development

JEL Classification: F22, J61, J31, O15

Suggested Citation

Chiswick, Barry R., High Skilled Immigration in the International Arena (September 2005). IZA Discussion Paper No. 1782. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=826389

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