The Size of the Brain Drain

Frédéric Docquier, Hillel Rapoport

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This chapter first provides a quantitative assessment of the evolution and spatial distribution of the brain drain using updated data on emigration rates to the OECD by educational attainment. In particular, it expands the coverage of the existing database by introducing non-OECD host countries, a study of the age of entry structure of skilled emigration, and also documents the brain drain of PhD holders, scientists, and of healthcare professionals.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBrain Drain and Brain Gain
Subtitle of host publicationThe Global Competition to Attract High-Skilled Migrants
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191742095
ISBN (Print)9780199654826
StatePublished - 20 Sep 2012

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Publisher Copyright:
© Fondazione Rodolfo Debenedetti 2012. All rights reserved.


  • Brain drain
  • Emigration
  • Highly skilled migrants


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