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. © 2006 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)99-112
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of World Business
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2007


  • brain drain
  • labor markets' mobility
  • management education


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