The elite brain drain

We collect data on the movement and productivity of elite scientists. Their mobility is remarkable: nearly half of the world's most-cited physicists work outside their country of birth. We show they migrate systematically towards nations with large R & D spending. Our study cannot adjudicat...

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Volume: 119
Main Author: Hunter, Rosalind S
Oswald, Andrew J
Charlton, Bruce G
Format: Journal Article
Language: English
Zielgruppe: Trade
Academic
Place of publication: Oxford, UK Blackwell Publishing 2009
Blackwell Publishing Ltd
OXFORD UNIV PRESS
Wiley Subscription Services, Inc
published in: The Economic journal (London) Vol. 119; no. 538; pp. F231 - F251
Data of publication: 2009
ISSN: 0013-0133
1468-0297
1468-0297
EISSN: 1468-0297
Discipline: Economics
Physics
Bibliography: Warwick University (2007)
especially Showkat Ali and Hilda Ralsmark, for allowing us to draw upon some of the results described there. We are extremely grateful to all the physicists who replied to our emails. Oswald's work was supported by an ESRC research professorship.
For many helpful suggestions, we thank three referees and Robin Ball, Sandra Chapman, Joseph Falkinger, Amanda Goodall, Simon Hands, Steve Machin, Robert May, Robert MacKay, David Spiegelhalter, Richard Tol, Radu Vranceanu, Fabian Waldinger and co‐authors on the unpublished paper by
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