'Brain drain' or 'brain circulation': Evidence from OECD's international migration and R&D spillovers

Le, Thanah (2008) 'Brain drain' or 'brain circulation': Evidence from OECD's international migration and R&D spillovers. Scottish Journal of Political Economy, 55 5: 618-636. doi:10.1111/j.1467-9485.2008.00468.x

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Author Le, Thanah
Title 'Brain drain' or 'brain circulation': Evidence from OECD's international migration and R&D spillovers
Journal name Scottish Journal of Political Economy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0036-9292
1467-9485
Publication date 2008-11-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-9485.2008.00468.x
Volume 55
Issue 5
Start page 618
End page 636
Total pages 18
Editor A. Hughes-Hallett
V. Leith
R. A. Hart
Place of publication Oxford, U.K.
Publisher Blackwell
Collection year 2009
Language eng
Subject C1
910103 Economic Growth
140202 Economic Development and Growth
Formatted abstract
This paper empirically investigates whether labour mobility can transfer technology across borders based on the panel cointegration method. Estimates of specifications on a cross-section of 19 OECD countries during 1980-1990 lend strong support to this thesis. Data indicate that international labour movement may help transfer technology across borders in both directions: From donor countries to host countries and vice versa. This suggests that migration may more likely create a 'brain circulation' rather than a 'brain drain'. In addition, human capital has a significant impact on the research and development (R&D) diffusion process as it enhances a country's capacity to learn from a foreign technology base.
© Journal compilation © 2008 Scottish Economic Society.
Keyword Intellectual capital
Cointegration analysis
Human capital
International migration
OECD
Labor migration
Spillover effect
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

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