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Economies 2016, 4(3), 17;

Why Migrate: For Study or for Work?

Department of Economics, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan, 52900, Israel
Academic Editor: Jacques Poot
Received: 16 November 2015 / Revised: 4 August 2016 / Accepted: 5 August 2016 / Published: 17 August 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Long-Run Economic Impacts of International Migration)
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Over the past decades, globalization has led to a huge increase in the migration of workers, as well as students. This paper develops a simple two-step model that describes the decisions of an individual vis-à-vis education and migration, and presents a unified model, wherein the two migration decisions are combined into a single, unique model. This paper shows that under the plausible assumption that costs of migration differ over the human life cycle, the usual brain drain strategy is sub-optimal. With an increase in globalization, the brain drain strategy will be replaced by the strategy of migration of students. View Full-Text
Keywords: brain drain; globalization; higher education; human capital; migration; mobility brain drain; globalization; higher education; human capital; migration; mobility

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