Thursday, June 20, 2013

Brain Drain or ‘Outward Mobility’?

Doing the fail at Pacific Standard magazine.

Theme: Benefits of brain drain.

Subject Article: "Thousands more British students to study in China."

Other Links: 1. "Spain Doing The Fail."
2. "Pittsburgh is Rust Belt, But the Rust Belt Is Not Pittsburgh."
3. "People Develop, Not Places."
4. "In Praise of Michigan Brain Drain."
5. "Geopolitics Of Talent: Brazil."
6. "Brain Drain Is Economic Development."

Postscript: The blog post by urban planner Pete Saunders deserves more attention than I gave it at Pacific Standard. I appreciate the matrix of metro migration patterns he developed. We typically look at cities in terms of net migration, whether it is a loser or gainer. That's one column. In the prior two columns, Pete disaggregates the net migration into "Inmigration" and "Outmigration". The quality of the flow is either high or low. That results in six types of cities. Three are net gainers and the other three are net losers. Within each group you have high-high, high-low, and low-low for Inmigration/Outmigration flows respectively. But Pete doesn't stop there. He suggests a representative city for each combination of columns (three columns total). For example, NYC is labeled as "gain" for net migration. It has "high" inmigration and outmigration. I assume Pete is considering domestic and international migration. NYC is a domestic migration loser. Contrast New York with Philadelphia, which has a net "loss" of migrants but also experiences high inmigration and outmigration. In my view, both cities are doing well with excellent churn. Still, better to gain migrants than to lose them.

1 comment:

Allen said...

So many possible comments on this claim from an article touching on migration between the Dakotas and Minnesota. I would be curious if their is a source migration over periods of time and by education level. The US Census stuff I found was only year by year and didn't break out different education levels.

Minnesota’s economy doesn’t hinge on its rural western counties, said Ann Markusen, a regional economist and former professor in the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

The Twin Cities has a big, diverse economy with well-developed advertising, publishing, financial, food, retail, shipping and high-tech manufacturing industries. These companies draw smart young people from the Dakotas, not the other way around.

“These are things that no place in North and South Dakota have,” Markusen said. “I always think our competitors nationally are Seattle, Portland to a lesser extent, and Denver.”