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The International Mobility of Talent and its Impact on Global Development

Human talent is a key economic resource and a source of creative power in science, technology, business, arts and culture and other activities. Talent has a large economic value and its mobility has increased with globalization, the spread of new information technologies and lower transportation costs. Well educated and/or talented people are often more internationally mobile than unskilled workers. Immigrants with high human capital face more favourable immigrantion policies in receiving countries, typically high per capita income economies short of information technology experts, scientists, medical doctors and other types of talent. The purpose of this paper is to review analytical and policy issues related to the international mobility of talented individuals, examining the main types of talent who move internationally, their specific traits and characteristics and the implications of this mobility for source and destination countries and for global development.
Publisher:
UNU-WIDER
Series:
WIDER Discussion Paper
Volume:
2006/08
Title:
The International Mobility of Talent and its Impact on Global Development
Authors:
Andrés Solimano
Publication date:
2006
ISBN Printed:
9291908789
ISBN Web:
9291908797
ISBN 13 Print:
9789291908783
ISBN 13 Web:
9789291908790
Copyright holder:
© UNU-WIDER
Copyright year:
2006
Keywords:
international migration, international mobility, human resources, human talent
JEL:
F22, O15
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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