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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