Panic and panacea: Brain drain and science and technology human capital policy

  • Davenport S
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Abstract

Brain drain, the diffusion of skilled human capital, particularly scientific and technical human capital (STHC), from home to host country, is of concern to many nations. Traditional brain drain 'control' policies target the human capital embodied in a skilled individual. Based on a case study of brain drain panic in New Zealand in 2000, this paper explores new 'stimulation' brain drain policy approaches, including building research excellence and exploiting the diaspora, that take into account the situated and networked nature of STHC. Diaspora policies imply a reframing of 'national' STHC no longer circumscribed by geographic boundaries but by national affiliation. © 2004 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Brain drain
  • Human capital
  • Migration policy
  • Moral panic
  • Research policy

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  • Sally Davenport

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