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The informational structure of migration decision and migrants self-selection

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  • Bertoli, Simone

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We analyze the pattern of migrants' self-selection in unobservables when there is uncertainty about foreign wages. Negative selection becomes more likely, and a greater dispersion of wages at destination no longer suffices to predict that immigrants will outperform natives.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 108 (2010)
Issue (Month): 1 (July)
Pages: 89-92

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:108:y:2010:i:1:p:89-92

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Keywords: Migration Uncertainty Information Self-selection;

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  1. Simone Bertoli & Herbert Bruecker, 2011. "Selective immigration policies, migrants' education and welfare at origin," Norface Discussion Paper Series 2011003, Norface Research Programme on Migration, Department of Economics, University College London.
  2. Bertoli, Simone & Rapoport, Hillel, 2013. "Heaven's Swing Door: Endogenous Skills, Migration Networks and the Effectiveness of Quality-Selective Immigration Policies," IZA Discussion Papers 7749, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  3. Benjamin Elsner & Gaia Narciso & Jacco J. J. Thijssen, 2014. "Migrant Networks and the Spread of Misinformation," CReAM Discussion Paper Series 1403, Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM), Department of Economics, University College London.
  4. Biavaschi, Costanza & Elsner, Benjamin, 2013. "Let's Be Selective about Migrant Self-Selection," IZA Discussion Papers 7865, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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