Journal of Population Economics

, Volume 29, Issue 4, pp 1113–1154 | Cite as

Competition for the international pool of talent

Original Paper


Higher education Student mobility Vertical quality differentiation Return migration Brain gain 

JEL Classification

I28 F22 H87 



The authors are most thankful to two anonymous reviewers and the journal’s editor, Alessandro Cigno, for their excellent help and guidance. In addition, we also thank Michel Beine, Robert Fenge, Marcel Gérard, Julien Jacqmin, Søren Bo Nielsen and Hillel Rapoport for their very helpful comments and suggestions. We also benefitted from the very constructive discussions at the IIPF Congress in Capetown, the Global COE Seminar on Public Economics at Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo, the CESifo Workshop on “Financing the Mobility of Higher Education Students and Researchers” in Mons, the AEL Conference on Development Economics and Policy in Berlin, the EEA Annual Meeting in Oslo, the Public Economics Workshop in Bremen, the conference on “International Labor Mobility and Inequality Across Nations” in Clermont-Ferrand as well as at research seminars at Queen’s University in Kingston, TU Dresden, the University of Freiburg, the University of Rostock and the University of Konstanz. Thomas Lange gratefully acknowledges financial support from the German Research Foundation’s (DFG) Research Group on Heterogeneous Labor, Fritz Thyssen Stiftung and German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for a research visit at Queen’s University in Kingston.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Plymouth Business School and Graduate School of ManagementPlymouth UniversityDrake CircusUK
  2. 2.CESifoMunichGermany
  3. 3.Department of EconomicsUniversity of FreiburgFreiburgGermany
  4. 4.Acatech - National Academy of Science and EngineeringGeschäftsstelle MünchenMunichGermany

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