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The Question of the Brain Drain in the Philippines

Pernia, Ernesto (1976): The Question of the Brain Drain in the Philippines. Published in: The International Migration Review , Vol. 10, No. 1 (1976): pp. 63-72.

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This paper attempts to examine the brain drain problem of the Philippines within a simple economic framework. What is the extent of the problem? Why is there such a problem? These are the main questions that will be addressed to.

We shall argue that the real problem of the Philippines is not so much the brain drain as misdirected training and skills formation, hence the inability of the economy to absorb high-level professional skills. Specifically, the thesis is that given a large supply of physicians, scientists, and engineers superimposed on a low level and speed of economic progress, an exodus of a considerable number of these professionals may be expected.

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