Brain Drain and Brain Gain in Italy and Ireland in the Age of Mass Migration

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Title: Brain Drain and Brain Gain in Italy and Ireland in the Age of Mass Migration
Authors: Gomellini, Matteo
Ó Gráda, Cormac
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Date: Mar-2019
Online since: 2019-03-26T09:33:32Z
Abstract: Emigrants from Italy and Ireland contributed disproportionately to the Age of Mass Migration. That their departure improved the living standards of those they left behind is hardly in doubt. Nevertheless, a voluminous literature on the selectivity of migrant flows— both from sending and receiving country perspectives—has given rise to claims that migration generates both ‘brain drains’ and ‘brain gains’. On the one hand, positive or negative selection among emigrants may affect the level of human capital in sending countries. On the other hand, the prospect of emigration and return migration may both spur investment in schooling in source countries. This essay describes the history of emigration from Italy and Ireland during the Age of Mass Migration from these perspectives.
Type of material: Working Paper
Publisher: University College Dublin School of Economics
Start page: 1
End page: 29
Series/Report no.: UCD Centre for Economic Research Working Paper Series; WP2019/07
Copyright (published version): 2019 the Authors
Keywords: MigrationBrain DrainBrain GainHuman CapitalItalyIreland
Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Economics Working Papers & Policy Papers

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