This paper examines how international wage differences affect brain drain by comparing the effects of skill-specific wage differences on low, medium, and high-skilled emigration. Previous literature explores qualitative factors behind migrant flow, but there is little focus on the role of wage differences in individuals’ decisions to emigrate. A relatively new data set on emigration rates by education level and a modified gravity model provide a unique analysis of bilateral migration flows. This paper finds that wage differences may have a significant and positive effect on and low-skilled emigration, but a less significant effect on high-skilled emigration or brain drain.
"Exploring the Effects of International Wage Differences on Brain Drain,"
Undergraduate Economic Review: Vol. 16
, Article 15.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.iwu.edu/uer/vol16/iss1/15