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Rent‐seeking activities and the ‘brain gain’ effects of migration

Baochun Peng

Canadian Journal of Economics/Revue canadienne d'économique, 2009, vol. 42, issue 4, 1561-1577

Abstract: Abstract This paper studies migration and rent‐seeking activities in a framework of heterogeneous ability. It is shown that, despite the depletion of productive resources known as the ‘brain drain,’ the possibility of migration could sufficiently reduce participation in rent‐seeking activities and increase participation in productive activities such that the net effect of migration is a ‘brain gain.’ Moreover, the possibility of migration that sufficiently enlarges the relative reward to ability in the productive sector could result in qualitative improvements in the allocation of talent. Ce mémoire étudie la migration et les activités de chasse aux rentes dans un monde où les habiletés sont hétérogènes. On montre que, malgré la perte de ressources productives que constitue la ‘perte de cerveaux’, il se peut que la migration puisse suffisamment réduire la participation aux activités de chasse aux rentes et accroître la participation aux activités productives, pour que l'effet net de la migration soit un ‘gain de cerveaux’. De plus il se peut que la migration augmente suffisamment la récompense des habiletés dans le secteur productif qu'il puisse en résulter des améliorations qualitatives dans l'allocation des talents.

Date: 2009
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