Digital Traces of Brain Drain: Developers during the Russian Invasion of Ukraine

  title={Digital Traces of Brain Drain: Developers during the Russian Invasion of Ukraine},
  author={Johannes Wachs},
The Russian invasion of Ukraine has sparked renewed interest in the phenomenon of brain drain: the exodus of human capital out of countries. Yet quantifying brain drain, especially in real time during crisis situations, remains difficult. This hinders our ability to understand its drivers and mechanisms and to anticipate its consequences. To address this gap, I draw on and extend a large scale dataset of the locations of highly active software developers collected in February 2021, one year… 

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