Book Chapter
The International Mobility of Talent and Economic Development

An Overview of Selected Issues

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 immigration 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.


'The International Mobility of Talent brings together the best research in this critically important subject, identifying the roles of creativity, knowledge, ideas, and skills that go beyond trade and capital as the movers of economic development.' - Richard Florida, Joseph L. Rotman School of Management, author of The Rise of the Creative Class

'Andrés Solimano has skilfully edited the contributions of many experts to present a comprehensive analysis of one of the least examined dimensions of globalization. This important work examines the international mobility of talented individuals and the way that they disseminate ideas as they move from country to country, which in turn impact on economies in both the developed and the developing world.' - David Parrish, International Management Consultant and Trainer:

'This is the highest talent writing about the mobility of talent, now a subject central to development. This book deserves a warm welcome.' - Alice H. Amsden, Barton L. Weller Professor of Political Economy, MIT