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Occupational self-selection of European emigrants: Evidence from nineteenth-century Hesse-Cassel

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  • WEGGE, SIMONE A.
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    Self-selection mechanisms are important because they shed light on what has been relevant to those who migrate, especially in the nineteenth century. Using new micro data gathered from emigrant permit lists and census data in the homeland, I compare over 10,000 German emigrants to those who stayed at home. I find that artisans were over-represented and farmers and labourers both under-represented. The emigrant population was positively self-selected in terms of skills, but negatively self-selected in terms of financial wealth.

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    Article provided by Cambridge University Press in its journal European Review of Economic History.

    Volume (Year): 6 (2002)
    Issue (Month): 03 (December)
    Pages: 365-394

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    Handle: RePEc:cup:ereveh:v:6:y:2002:i:03:p:365-394_00

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    1. Hatton, Timothy J., 2010. "The Cliometrics of International Migration: A Survey," IZA Discussion Papers 4900, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    2. Tim Hatton & Joseph P. Ferrie, 2014. "Two Centuries of International Migration," CEH Discussion Papers 23, Centre for Economic History, Research School of Economics, Australian National University.

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