Testing the 'Brain Gain' Hypothesis: Micro Evidence from Cape Verde

  title={Testing the 'Brain Gain' Hypothesis: Micro Evidence from Cape Verde},
  author={C{\'a}tia Batista and Aitor Lacuesta and Pedro C. Vicente},
  journal={Labor: Public Policy & Regulation eJournal},
  • Cátia Batista, Aitor Lacuesta, Pedro C. Vicente
  • Published 2012
  • Economics
  • Labor: Public Policy & Regulation eJournal
  • Does emigration really drain human capital accumulation in origin countries? This paper explores a unique household survey purposely designed and conducted to answer this research question. We analyze the case of Cape Verde, a country with allegedly the highest 'brain drain' in Africa, despite a marked record of income and human capital growth in recent decades. Our micro data enables us to propose the first explicit test of 'brain gain' arguments according to which the prospects of own future… CONTINUE READING
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