The Least Developed Country Report Highlights: New Initiatives to Mitigate the Brain Drain

This report highlight is based on the Least Developed Countries Report series. It explores the ‘push and pull’ forces that contribute to the international migration of skilled persons from least developed countries (LDCs), and how outmigration continues to reduce the potential of Least Developed Countries for technological catch-up and absorptive capacity. The report highlights how national policies… Read more

The brain drain from developing countries: The brain drain produces many more losers than winners in developing countries

This study explores the impact of the brain drain on a source country’s welfare and development, which can either be beneficial or harmful. The evidence suggests that there are many more losers than winners among developing countries. Whether a country gains or loses depends on country-specific factors, such as the level and composition of migration,… Read more

The Returns to the brain drain and brain circulation in Sub Saharan Africa: Some computations using data from Ghana

This paper looks at the decision of the government or “central planner” in the allocation of scarce governmental resources for tertiary education, as well as that for the individual. It provides estimates of the net present values, or cost and benefits. These include costs of tertiary education; the benefits of improved skills of those who remain in the country; and… Read more

Reassessing the Impact of Brain Drain on Developing Countries

This article explores the effects and implications of brain drain on developing countries. Recognising that brain drain is not always negative, the author advocates that reducing migration may not end the challenge of brain drain. Instead, what is needed are better methodologies to assess the net impacts of migration — including but not limited to the… Read more