4th ERSA-REGIO Academic Lecture 2018
19 November 2018, DG REGIO premises, Brussels, Belgium
Speaker: Alessandra Faggian, Professor in Applied Economics, Gran Sasso Science Institute in L’Aquila, Italy
Alessandra Faggian is professor of Applied Economics, Director of Social Sciences and Vice Provost for Research at the Gran Sasso Science Institute in L’Aquila, Italy. She is also President of the North American Regional Science Council (NARSC) and co-editor of the journal Papers in Regional Science.
Dr Faggian’s research interests lie in the fields of regional and urban economics, demography, labour economics and economics of education. Her publications cover a wide range of topics including migration, human capital, labour markets, creativity and local innovation and growth
Title of Presentation: Human capital migration and regional development: some reflections
Abstract: The analysis of human capital has taken on a progressively more central role in discussions regarding the growth and success of nations and regions. This is primarily because advanced societies have increasingly evolved towards what has been called a “knowledge-based economy”, whereby tertiary level human capital is seen to be a crucial feature of economic growth. However, one of the most uncontroversial results in migration studies is that embodied human capital significantly increases the probability of individuals migrating. The migration of individuals with high ‘embodied human capital’ introduces a complication in the human capital-regional development relationship because the increase in human capital due to education can easily leak out of an area even when produced there (brain drain). This talk will offer an overview on the topic so far, concluding with some reflections on avenues for future research.
Discussant: Jaako Simonen, University of Oulu, Finland
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