Women make an increasingly important contribution to the skilled workforce.
Nations like Australia that suffer skill shortages need not only to attract
but also retain more skilled female migrants. The latter has become an important
policy issue in Australia because of modest retention rates. While much
of the relevant literature focuses upon migrant attraction, we address the
retention decision. We derive and empirically test a framework incorporating
the key explanatory factors in the decision of skilled female migrants
whether to remain in Australia. Our results have important implications for
current policy directions.