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Upstate Lags in Attracting Educated People from Other States

By Mark Scott

Buffalo, NY – It's known as "brain drain" -- the exodus of educated young people from upstate New York to other states. But a report out Tuesday says New York leaders should be more worried about the opposite problem -- "brain gain."

A new report from the Buffalo office of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York finds the upstate region isn't attracting enough college-educated adults from other states.

Economist Richard Deitz found the number of college-educated people who left was close to the national median. But he said upstate lagged when it came to attracting educated people from other states.

Deitz says college graduates tend to be highly mobile, settling where they can find the best job in a place with the nicest weather, schools and other amenities. He suggested a combination of factors could play into the area's brain gain problems, including jobs that don't pay enough to attract people and the perception that the area is not a desirable place to live.

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