Elise S. Brezis

Professor of Economics

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Head, Israel Macroeconomic Forum

Department of Economics

Bar-Ilan University, Israel

Why Migrate: For Study or for Work?

Journal article

Elise S. Brezis
Economies, vol. 4(3), MDPI, 2016 Aug, pp. 1-12

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Brezis, E. S. (2016). Why Migrate: For Study or for Work? Economies, 4(3), 1–12. https://doi.org/10.3390/economies4030017

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Brezis, Elise S. “Why Migrate: For Study or for Work?” Economies 4, no. 3 (August 2016): 1–12.

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Brezis, Elise S. “Why Migrate: For Study or for Work?” Economies, vol. 4, no. 3, MDPI, Aug. 2016, pp. 1–12, doi:10.3390/economies4030017.

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  title = {Why Migrate: For Study or for Work?},
  year = {2016},
  month = aug,
  issue = {3},
  journal = {Economies},
  pages = {1-12},
  publisher = {MDPI},
  volume = {4},
  doi = {10.3390/economies4030017},
  author = {Brezis, Elise S.},
  month_numeric = {8}


Over the past decades, globalization has led to a huge increase in the migration of workers, as well as students. This paper develops a simple two-step model that describes the decisions of an individual vis-à-vis education and migration, and presents a unified model, wherein the two migration decisions are combined into a single, unique model. This paper shows that under the plausible assumption that costs of migration differ over the human life cycle, the usual brain drain strategy is sub-optimal. With an increase in globalization, the brain drain strategy will be replaced by the strategy of migration of students.

Keywords: brain drain, globalization, higher education, human capital, migration, mobility

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