Brain drain: Inclination to stay abroad after studies

Yehuda Baruch, Pawan S. Budhwar, Naresh Khatri

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    ‘Brain drain’ is a phenomenon in which people of a high level of skills, qualifications, and competence, leave their countries and emigrate. One major case of the brain drain happens when students from developing countries studying in the developed countries decide not to return home after their studies. We examined the reasons for international students’ inclination to stay in their host countries in a sample of 949 management students who came to study in the United Kingdom and the United States. The results support a three-fold model of factors that influenced this inclination. Students’ perceptions of ethnic differences and labor markets, their adjustment process to the host country, and their family ties in host and home countries all affect their intention to stay.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)99-112
    Number of pages14
    JournalJournal of World Business
    Issue number1
    Early online date30 Nov 2006
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2007


    • Brain drain
    • Management education
    • Labor markets’ mobility

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