Human Capital and the Brain Drain Phenomenon

by Roy Della Savia

Institution: University of South Africa
Department: Sociology
Degree: Doctorate Degree
Year: 2003
Keywords: Immigration, Emigration, Knowledge Workers, Canada, Sociology, U.S.A.
Posted: 04/22/2017
Record ID: 2150662
Full text PDF: https://www.ijser.org/onlineResearchPaperViewer.aspx?Human-Capital-and-the-Brain-Drain-Phenomenon-A-Study-of-the-Immigration-and-Emigration-of-Canadas-Knowledge-Workers.pdf


This research discusses the relationship between the migration of skilled professional and managerial workers from Canada to the United States, the so called “brain drain,” and seeks to determine if and how the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) may have affected bilateral flows of permanent and non-permanent immigrants between the two countries. Classical economic theory suggests that trade and factor movements are substitutes, so that freer trade between Canada and the United States could be expected to reduce incentives for bilateral migration.