A brain gain with a brain drain

Econ Lett. 1997:(55):227-34. doi: 10.1016/s0165-1765(97)00085-2.


"We study human capital depletion and formation in an economy open to out-migration, as opposed to an economy which is closed. Under the assumption of asymmetric information, the enlarged opportunities and the associated different structure of incentives can give rise to a brain gain in conjunction with a brain drain. Migration by high-skill members of its workforce notwithstanding, the home country can end up with a higher average level of human capital per worker."

MeSH terms

  • Demography
  • Economics*
  • Emigration and Immigration*
  • Health Workforce*
  • Population
  • Population Dynamics