Is the Brain Drain Good for Africa?

Yaw Nyarko, William Easterly

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Abstract

As this chapter emphasizes, personal incentives are stacked in favor of emigration in many of the African countries that have outflows of skilled labor. The discussion provides some remarks on the question of the brain drain, with particular reference to Africa and using Ghana as a case study of effects on individuals. It fails to find any negative effect of brain drain on the stock of skills remaining in the source country, suggesting that skill-creation incentives offset the loss of skills one for one. It concludes that the ability of some people in the country to go abroad and form part of the brain drain (and circulation) has had a net positive effect on individuals from the source country.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSkilled Immigration Today: Prospects, Problems, and Policies
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199852352
ISBN (Print)9780195382433
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 21 2009

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Africa
Brain drain
Incentives
Ghana
Skilled labor
African countries
Emigration

Keywords

  • Brain circulation
  • Emigration
  • Ghana
  • Human capital
  • Skilled labor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)

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Nyarko, Y., & Easterly, W. (2009). Is the Brain Drain Good for Africa? In Skilled Immigration Today: Prospects, Problems, and Policies Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195382433.003.0011

Is the Brain Drain Good for Africa? / Nyarko, Yaw; Easterly, William.

Skilled Immigration Today: Prospects, Problems, and Policies. Oxford University Press, 2009.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Nyarko, Y & Easterly, W 2009, Is the Brain Drain Good for Africa? in Skilled Immigration Today: Prospects, Problems, and Policies. Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195382433.003.0011
Nyarko Y, Easterly W. Is the Brain Drain Good for Africa? In Skilled Immigration Today: Prospects, Problems, and Policies. Oxford University Press. 2009 https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195382433.003.0011
Nyarko, Yaw ; Easterly, William. / Is the Brain Drain Good for Africa?. Skilled Immigration Today: Prospects, Problems, and Policies. Oxford University Press, 2009.
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