Is the Brain Drain Good for Africa?

Yaw Nyarko, William Easterly

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


As this chapter emphasizes, personal incentives are stacked in favor of emigration in many of the African countries that have outflows of skilled labor. The discussion provides some remarks on the question of the brain drain, with particular reference to Africa and using Ghana as a case study of effects on individuals. It fails to find any negative effect of brain drain on the stock of skills remaining in the source country, suggesting that skill-creation incentives offset the loss of skills one for one. It concludes that the ability of some people in the country to go abroad and form part of the brain drain (and circulation) has had a net positive effect on individuals from the source country.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSkilled Immigration Today
Subtitle of host publicationProspects, Problems, and Policies
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199852352
ISBN (Print)9780195382433
StatePublished - Apr 21 2009


  • Brain circulation
  • Emigration
  • Ghana
  • Human capital
  • Skilled labor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Economics, Econometrics and Finance


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