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Satish Chand is professor of Finance in the School of Business at the University of New South Wales and based at the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra.
Chand is also an adjunct professor at the Crawford School of Economics and Government at the Australian National University. His research interests include labour migration, fragile states, and the challenges of development.
For the past five years, Chand has been researching the nexus between defence and development, drawing on the experiences of external peacekeeping in Bougainville (PNG), East Timor, Liberia, Mozambique, and the Solomon Islands. This research has ramifications for pacification strategies in fragile states.
When countries select immigrants based on skill, what happens in the migrants' countries of origin? Departing skilled workers obviously tend to reduce stocks of skill there, but the prospect of skilled migration can induce more investment in skill. It is not clear which effect dominates. This paper studies one of the fastest and relatively largest exoduses of skilled workers on record, in the Pacific country of Fiji, which paradoxically produced a net increase in the stock of skill within Fiji. It offers evidence that skilled migration prospects caused that net increase, and evidence to rule out several competing explanations.
When can a donor leave a post-conflict state confident that the country will not relapse into violence? The answer, according to a new CGD working paper by Satish Chand and his co-author: not for a very long time. In the cases of Liberia, Mozambique, the Solomon Islands, and Timor-Leste, considered here, the authors argue, the best-case scenario for successful exit ranges from 15 to 27 years. An extended donor presence, says Chand, is necessary for the creation, sustenance, and maturation of institutions that will hold the state together when donors leave.