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Emigration of High-Skilled Individuals due to Short-Term Contracts

Objective

This proposal presents a study of the EXODUS of exceptionally gifted individuals due to the increased utilization of short-term contracts. The primary objective is to study the impact of Italian labour market reforms, specifically those related to the regulation and utilization of short-term employment contracts, on the departure of skilled workers towards other countries, which typically offer more and better opportunities (brain drain).
Theoretically, the utilization of short-term contracts could help increase labor force participation, employment, efficiency and labour market opportunities. However, if not regulated in integration with the specific institutional framework, short-term contracts might generate undesired effects. By promoting adverse selection, driving the better workers away from the mother country as the less productive workers take up short-term contracts, short-term contracts might actually increase the brain drain. The purpose of EXODUS is to investigate the validity of these concerns and to analyze the way short-term contracts affect the brain drain phenomenon. In particular, EXODUS will focus on investigating the employment condition and behavioral choices of a specific category of workers: young individuals with a high level of education.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/sociology/demography/human migration
  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/employment
  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2012-CIG
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Funding Scheme

MC-CIG - Support for training and career development of researcher (CIG)

Coordinator

HERIOT-WATT UNIVERSITY
Address
Riccarton
EH14 4AS Edinburgh
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 41 868,28
Administrative Contact
Derek Brown (Mr.)

Participants (1)

SCUOLA IMT (ISTITUZIONI, MERCATI, TECNOLOGIE) ALTI STUDI DI LUCCA

Participation ended

Italy
EU contribution
€ 58 131,72
Address
Piazza San Ponziano 6
55100 Lucca
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Manuela Corsini (Ms.)