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On the relative rewards to immigration: a comparison of the relative labour market position of Indians in the USA, the UK and India

De Coulon, Augustin and Wadsworth, Jonathan (2010) On the relative rewards to immigration: a comparison of the relative labour market position of Indians in the USA, the UK and India. Review of Economics of the Household, 8 (1). pp. 147-169. ISSN 1569-5239

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Abstract

While most studies of the decision to immigrate focus on absolute income differences between countries, we argue that relative change in purchasing power or status, as captured by an individual's ranking in the wage distribution, may also be another important determinant of the migration decision. Using data on Indian immigrants in the US and the UK matched to comparable data on individuals who remained in India, we show that the average Indian immigrant will experience a fall in their relative ranking in the wage distribution compared to the position similar individuals achieve by remaining in the origin country. The fall in relative rankings is larger for immigrants to the UK than to the US, and largest of all for those with intermediate skills.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.springerlink.com/content/1569-5239/
Additional Information: © 2010 Springer
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
Journal of Economic Literature Classification System: J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J3 - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs > J31 - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials by Skill, Training, Occupation, etc.
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J6 - Mobility, Unemployment, and Vacancies > J61 - Geographic Labor Mobility; Immigrant Workers
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J6 - Mobility, Unemployment, and Vacancies > J68 - Public Policy
Sets: Collections > Economists Online
Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Identification Number: UT ISI:000283083400007
Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2010 11:35
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/29915/

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