A brain gain with a brain drain

Oded Stark*, Christian Helmenstein, Alexia Prskawetz

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)227-234
Number of pages8
JournalEconomics Letters
Issue number2
StatePublished - 29 Aug 1997
Externally publishedYes


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