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Should Individuals Migrate Before Acquiring Education or After? A New Model of Brain Waste vs. Brain Drain

Elise S. Brezis ()
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Elise S. Brezis: Bar-Ilan University

No 2019-03, Working Papers from Bar-Ilan University, Department of Economics

Abstract: Should individuals migrate before acquiring education or after? In order to analyze the optimality of the timing of migration, I develop a model of migration, which combines the two migration decisions into a unique model – decisions about where to get an education and decision about where to work. The main reason for having a unified model is that investment in human capital cannot be disjoined from the decision about work. This paper shows that brain drain is usually an optimal solution. But, when we incorporate ‘brain waste’ and ‘return migration’, then it is optimal to migrate when young.

Keywords: Migration; Brain drain; Brain Waste; Psychological costs; Higher education; Return Migration; Quality of education. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F22 I23 J24 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-mig
Date: 2019-03
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