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The determinants of brain drain in developing countries


Ngoma, Abubakar Lawan and Ismail, Normaz Wana (2013) The determinants of brain drain in developing countries. International Journal of Social Economics, 40 (8). pp. 744-754. ISSN 0306-8293; ESSN: 1758-6712


Purpose: Skilled migrant workers move relatively in unidirectional form (from developing to developed countries) in response to many factors. The purpose of this paper is to examine some factors that influence skilled migration to such preferred locations among skilled workers. Design/methodology/approach: Both conceptual discussion and analytical approach are used. Findings: The authors' econometric model identified an inverted U‐shaped relationship between skilled migration rates, wage differentials and income convergence with destination countries. Other factors found to be significantly related to brain drain are population size, domestic political instability and distance to destination countries. Originality/value: This paper presents insights on factors influencing migration decisions among skilled migrants and why skilled workers' migration from developing countries remains on the increase over the years, despite the urgent need for highly skilled personnel in most of these countries.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Economics and Management
School of Graduate Studies
DOI Number: https://doi.org/10.1108/IJSE-05-2013-0109
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing
Keywords: Brain drain; Human capital; Skilled workers; Migrant workers; Developing countries
Depositing User: Nabilah Mustapa
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2015 11:01
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2015 03:28
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URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/28293
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