Theme 1.  Education and Emigration/Brain Drain/Migration/Study Abroad

Writings related to this theme began with Myers´ PhD dissertation looking at the association between emigration (or “brain drain”) to the United States and the experience of university study in the United States prior to emigrating.  That research was based on an analysis of data of the International Institute of Education’s yearly census of foreign students the United States (in 1966) as well as a questionnaire and interview case study of Peruvians in US higher education institutions at that time.  The problem studied and the research analysis are presented in a book titled Education and Emigration. Study Abroad and the Migration of Human Resources.  Results of a longitudinal study of these students is reported in The Comparative Education Review. The theoretical basis used to analyze this particular form of migration is presented in an article, written with Mary Jean Bowman and published in Journal of the American Statistical Association.  In 1983 Myers wrote a report for the Ford Foundation examining its support totaling about one billion dollars (1983 prices) provided for education abroad of about 11,500 “Third World” nationals between 1960 and 1980.  References to these documents and others written by Myers related to the theme are provided below.



          “ThFord Foundation Support for Education Abroad of third World Nationals, 1960 – 1980.” Unpublished document, 1983, 181 pp.



        Education and Emigration.  Study Abroad and the Migration of Human Resources.  New York: David McKay Company, Inc., 1972.

Book Chapters: 


          “The International Migration of Talent and Skills” in The Council on International Educational and Cultural Affairs, The International Migration of Talent and Skills, Proceedings of a Workshop and Conference.  Washington, D.C.: Department of State, October, 1966.

“Emigration, Education and Development.”  In D. Adams (ed.)  Education and Development.  London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1971, pp. 146-178.



          “The ‘Brain Drain’ and Foreign Student Non-Return. Fact and Fallacy in Definition and Measurement” Exchange (Spring 1967), pp. 63-73.

 “Brain Drains and Brain Gains”.  International Development Review.  Vol. IX, No. 4 (December 1967), pp. 4-8.

 (with Mary Jean Bowman).  “Schooling, Experience, and Gains and Losses in Human Capital through Migration.”  Journal of the American Statistical Association, Vol 62.  (September 1967), pp. 875-898.     Reprinted in R. Wykstra (ed.) Human Capital Formation and Manpower Development.  New York:  The Free Press, 1971.

 “International Education, Emigration and National Policy.  A Longitudinal Case Study of Peruvians Trained in the United States.”  The Comparative Education Review, Vol. 17, No 1 (February 1973), pp. 71-90.

  “La financiación exterior de los estudios en el extranjero: la Fundación Ford en el Perú.” Prospects Vol. XIII, No. 4 (1983), pp.  531-541.  (Also in English and French).