Skilled Labor Migration from Developing Countries

Course ID
Ethiopian Economics Association (EEA)
Dejene Aredo

Investment in human capital constitutes a perquisite for sustained economic growth. Many developing countries suffer from a low level of investment in human capital, made worse by a massive outflow of the little skilled and trained manpower that is indispensable for the growth of their domestic economies. This latter form of resource loss has received little attention from policy – makers, researchers and the international community. In the face of deepening brain drain from developing countries, it thus difficult to conceive of economic development taking place in these countries with the sole assistance of highly – paid expatriates and foreign based nationals. This study attempts to assess the extent of brain drain from Africa, with particular reference to Ethiopia. It first reviews the theoretical underpinnings of brain drain and investigates its causes and consequences. It then looks at the problem in the Ethiopian context using data from the personnel records of four governmental organizations. These organizations include the Addis Ababa University (AAU) the ministry of economic development and Co-operation (MEDAC) , the disaster prevention and preparedness commission (DPPC) and the Ethiopian science and Technology commission (ESTC). In addition, official statistics from the Ministry of Education (MOE) , the central statistical Authority (CSA), and the immigration and consular office of Ethiopia are used. The picture that emerges for Ethiopia supports the structuralist and centre- periphery schools; argument of brain drain from developing countries

Corporate Author:Senait Seyoum and alemayehu Seyoum (editors) , Ethiopian Economic Association(EEA), Departments of Economics of AAU & Fredrich Ebert Stifung
Publisher:Ethiopian Economic Association (EEA)
Primary Descriptors:Skilled labor ; Human Capital; Migration of skilled people

Secondary Descriptor:Emigration and immigration – Economic aspects – Brain Drain

Geographic Descriptors:Developing Countries; Africa, Ethiopia
Cataloge Date:02/27/2013
Broad Subject heading:Human Resources -Foreign workers
Call Number:338.963 PRO 1998
Serial Key Title:Proceedings of the Seventh Annual conference on the Ethiopian economy
Publication catagory: Annual conference
Content type:EEA Publication
Publication date:2013-02-27 15:58:14
Forum or Discussion date:2013-02-27 15:58:14
Conference Place:Nov. 28 – 30, 1997, Nazareth, Ethiopia
Place of publication: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Type of material:Book
Current frequency: Annualy
Thematic area:Human resource Development in Ethiopia
Author: Dejene Aredo & Yohannes Zelalem