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ERIC Number: EJ978768
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2046-9012
Applying Organizational Commitment and Human Capital Theories to Emigration Research
Verkhohlyad, Olga; McLean, Gary N.
European Journal of Training and Development, v36 n2-3 p308-328 2012
Purpose: This study aims to bring some additional insight into the issue of emigration by establishing a relationship between emigration and psychic return of citizens to their human capital investment in the country. Design/methodology/approach: The article adopts a quantitative research strategy. It applies organizational commitment and human capital theories to the study of emigration. Findings: The article provides evidence for the fact that psychic return to human capital investment in the country has significant relationship with emigration level from this country. At the same time, of all variables that comprise this type of return to HC investment, only two variables were found to be statistically significant: national GDP and access to education in the country. Research limitations/implications: The findings provide some evidence for the fact that emigration from a country cannot be reduced unless people in the country have the ability to lead an economically comfortable life and have access to education. Those countries that experience significant emigration need to turn their attention to developing and implementing sound economic and educational reforms. Emigration will be reduced as a result. A significant limitation of this research is the fact that not all the world countries were included in the analysis. Although the authors did their best to get data for as many countries as possible, the absence of data for some countries allowed for the research using fewer countries than desired. Originality/value: This article utilizes organizational commitment and human capital theories. The combination of these two theories of social research allows a unique look at emigration. (Contains 4 tables and 3 figures.)
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Language: English
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