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Mobilizing Talent for Global Development

Talent (combining creativity, education, skills, and knowledge) is associated with human capital and provides a very valuable economic resource. In the past, the emigration of human capital from developing countries raised fears because of the associated 'brain drain'. This is still a valid concern today although new forms and directions in the international mobility of talent call for renewed perspectives. The return mobility of expatriate 'technological entrepreneurs' to developing countries is a positive trend. However, the emigration of health professionals from low income countries is a source of concern. Global development needs an effective transfer of knowledge and human capital, including students, scientists, and cultural workers, to developing countries in order to support their growth and development process: a brain gain, or at least brain circulation.
Publisher:
UNU-WIDER
Series:
UNU Policy Brief
Volume:
07/2006
Title:
Mobilizing Talent for Global Development
Authors:
Andrés Solimano
Publication date:
September 2006
ISSN Web:
1814-8026
ISBN Printed:
9280830228
ISBN Web:
9280830236
ISBN 13 Print:
9789280830224
ISBN 13 Web:
9789280830231
Copyright holder:
© UNU
Copyright year:
2006
Keywords:
talent, migration, development, brain drain, brain circulation, human capital, health, eduction, culture, science
JEL:
F20, F22
Project:
International Mobility of Talent
Sponsor:
The governments of Denmark (Royal Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Finland (Ministry for Foreign Affairs), Norway (Royal Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Sweden (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency-Sida) and the United Kingdom (Department for International Development).
Format:
online and printed copies
 
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