23 August 2010

Brain Drain and Brain Gain: Quantified


John Gibson (Waikato) and David McKenzie (World Bank, and IPA Research Affiliate) attempt to directly compare some of the different benefits and costs from migration, using their own data collected in which they “painstakingly – tracked these individuals down to wherever they are in the world today.”

The bottom-line: By far the biggest impact is upon the migrants themselves.

See VoxEU for the full article.

1 comment:

Matt said...

It's not really anything approaching a pure treatment effect though is it? A. they focus on the educated/skilled and B. it's all self-selection. I still believe the returns to migration are extremely high, but we have to be careful with the evidence.

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