International Mobility Patterns Of Researchers And Their Determinants

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Year2010
Author(s)Linda Ana Carine Van Bouwel
Abstract
With the conversion of most industrialized countries to the knowledge economy, worries about the alleged
brain drain of researchers to the United States are growing. We study the international mobility decisions and
their determinants of a sample of foreign PhD holders who came to the US to obtain a PhD in economics. We
find that around 50% settle permanently in the US after their PhD. Of the remaining 50%, one third returns to
the home country and two thirds take up a job in a third country. Graduates from a top university are more
likely to move internationally, as are men.
CategoriesScientific mobility