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The International Mobility of TalentTypes, Causes, and Development Impact$
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Andrés Solimano

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199532605

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199532605.001.0001

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The International Mobility of Talent and Economic Development: An Overview of Selected Issue *

The International Mobility of Talent and Economic Development: An Overview of Selected Issue *

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The International Mobility of Talent

Andrés Solimano

Oxford University Press

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. Moreover, 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. This chapter reviews analytical and policy issues related to the international mobility of talented individuals. Main types of talent (those engaged in directly productive activities, academic talent, and qualified human resources in the cultural and health sectors) are identified and studied. It also looks at special topics such as the market and social rewards to talent, the relation between formal education and talent, wage convergence and divergence. Critical themes for public policy of this mobility for source and destination countries and for global development are highlighted.

Keywords:   international migration, international mobility, human resources, human talent, high human capital

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