Can the Battle for Brains Turn into a Tragedy of the Commons?

Herbert Brücker, Simone Bertoli, Giovanni Facchini, Anna Maria Mayda and Giovanni Peri

in Brain Drain and Brain Gain

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199654826
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191742095 | DOI:
Can the Battle for Brains Turn into a Tragedy of the Commons?

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It is likely that countries which have so far played only a limited role in the Battle for Brains will shift towards the adoption of selective immigration policies, as these can effectively influence the scale and composition of migration flows. This chapter contributes to a better understanding of how the capacity to attract talented immigrants is influenced by the immigration policies adopted by other destination countries, and by the policies towards public education policies at origin. A distinct and complementary approach to the one exploring the process of policy formation in a single destination country is adopted, focusing on the strategic interactions among the contenders in the Battle for Brains. The analysis takes a forward‐looking perspective, and it focuses on the possible consequences for the countries of origin and destination of a widespread shift towards selective immigration policies.

Keywords: highly skilled migrants; selective migration policy; strategic interactions

Chapter.  6607 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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