Puerto Rico’s Migration and Development Dilemma

By Carlos F. Liard-Muriente.

Published by The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social and Community Studies

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There has been extensive research on the topic of Puerto Rican migration to the U.S. However, the question of brain-drain has not been a major area of research. This has been the case mainly because the Puerto Rican migrant fits the typical socioeconomic features of migrants from poor regions; low skilled with few years of schooling. However, this paper argues that this is no longer the case. Recent migrants to the U.S. tend to be younger and more educated than those that remain in Puerto Rico. At the same time, a strong signal for brain-drain is present in Puerto Rico; wages for highly skilled workers increased from 2000 to 2009 indicating a short supply of skilled workers in Puerto Rico (because many are migrating to the U.S.).

Keywords: Economic Development, Migration

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social and Community Studies, Volume 7, Issue 4, pp.57-66. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 406.309KB).

Carlos F. Liard-Muriente

Associate Professor, Department of Economics, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT, USA

Carlos Liard-Muriente was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. After completing undergraduate studies in economics and international finance at the University of Puerto Rico, he attended the American Economic Association Summer School at the University of Texas-Austin and later completed his Ph.D. in economics at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. He taught undergraduate and graduate economic courses at Western New England University. He now teaches economics at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain.