DP6338 Soaring Minds: The Flight of Israel’s Economists
|Publication Date:||June 2007|
|Keyword(s):||academic economists, brain drain, Israel, migration, rankings|
|JEL(s):||A11, F22, H52, H83, I23, J31, J61, O15|
|Programme Areas:||International Macroeconomics, Labour Economics, Public Economics, International Trade and Regional Economics|
|Link to this Page:||www.cepr.org/active/publications/discussion_papers/dp.php?dpno=6338|
Despite their small number, Israeli economists have become an important fixture in the international academic scene. In recent years, this phenomenon has been characterized by an additional attribute: the number of Israelis who have chosen to leave the countryâ€™s universities - or not to return to them - a process that has brought Israelâ€™s top economics departments to the brink. The elimination of the country from the international research envelope in the future has become a realistic possibility that will impact not only the State of Israel, which stands to lose the most, but the profession in general. This article provides a snapshot of an implosion in progress. It also provides a case study that is important for other countries to understand as some steadily advance toward the Israeli scenario.