Reverse Brain Drain for the Middle East


Tuesday, January 29, 2008

3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Co-sponsored by Global Policy Innovations and World Policy Institute

Outside the booming extractive sector, the links between the Arab economies of the Middle East and the global economy are weak: the region’s share of world trade and investment has been falling, indicators of technology transfer are stagnant, and little formal innovative activity appears to be occurring within these economies. One strategy for spurring entrepreneurship and strengthening links to the global economy would be to reverse the region’s brain drain, a development that contributed to the blossoming of the high-tech sector in economies such as Taiwan and India. Arabs in North America are both richer and better educated than the national averages and disproportionately employed in management or professional occupations. Data on Arab-Europeans are less informative, though generally paint a less positive picture. Nevertheless, the question remains: can public policies in both the sending and receiving countries encourage the strengthening of these productive linkages?




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