The Return of the Prodigy Son: Do Return Migrants Make Better Leaders?

@article{Mercier2013TheRO,
  title={The Return of the Prodigy Son: Do Return Migrants Make Better Leaders?},
  author={Marion Mercier},
  journal={Labor: Public Policy \& Regulation eJournal},
  year={2013}
}
  • Marion Mercier
  • Published 2013
  • Economics, Political Science
  • Labor: Public Policy & Regulation eJournal
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