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Self-selection and the performance of return migrants: the source country perspective

De Coulon, Augustin and Piracha, Matloob (2003) Self-selection and the performance of return migrants: the source country perspective. CEPDP, 576. Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK. ISBN 0753016354

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Abstract

In this paper, using the framework of a Roy theoretical model, we examine the performance of return migrants in Albania. We ask two main questions: (i) Had they chosen not to migrate, what would be the performance of return migrants compared to the non-migrants? and (ii) What would be the performance of non-migrants had they decided to migrate and return? Both our estimates from a selection model and our semi-parametric approach allow us to conclude that the flows of return migrants are negatively selected. We find that, had they decided to migrate and come back, the non-migrants would have earned more than twice the wages of return migrants.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Official URL: http://cep.lse.ac.uk
Additional Information: © 2003 the authors
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
JEL classification: F - International Economics > F2 - International Factor Movements and International Business > F22 - International Migration
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J6 - Mobility, Unemployment, and Vacancies > J61 - Geographic Labor Mobility; Immigrant Workers
Sets: Collections > Economists Online
Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2008 14:46
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2010 09:14
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/20040

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