Head-Content or Headcount? Short-Term Skilled Labour Movements as a Source of Growth

25 Pages Posted: 27 Jan 2006

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Massimiliano Tani

University of New South Wales - Australian Defence Force Academy; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Date Written: January 2006

Abstract

This paper contributes a theoretical model to study the effects of short-term movements of skilled labour on a country's economic growth. As traditional migration models emphasise the long-term effects of migration on factor endowments, they typically omit the analysis of gross labour flows. Gross flows however capture the volume of interactions and knowledge exchanges between workers living in different countries, which in turn affect the stock of knowledge available to their places of residences, and hence their ability to innovate and grow. A simulation based on available US, British and Australian data on international business visits reveals that short-term skilled labour movements have a positive and not insignificant effect on growth.

Keywords: international migration, temporary labour movements, skilled labour, economic

JEL Classification: F2, J6

Suggested Citation

Tani, Massimiliano, Head-Content or Headcount? Short-Term Skilled Labour Movements as a Source of Growth (January 2006). IZA Discussion Paper No. 1934, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=878667 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.878667

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