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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. Borjas, George J, 1995. "Assimilation and Changes in Cohort Quality Revisited: What Happened to Immigrant Earnings in the 1980s?," Journal of Labor Economics, University of Chicago Press, vol. 13(2), pages 201-45, April.
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Cited by:
  1. Elsner, Benjamin & Narciso, Gaia & Thijssen, Jacco J. J., 2013. "Migrant Networks and the Spread of Misinformation," IZA Discussion Papers 7863, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  2. Simone Bertoli & Hillel Rapoport, 2013. "Heaven's Swing Door: Endogenous skills, migration networks and the effectiveness of quality-selective immigration policies," CReAM Discussion Paper Series 1330, Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM), Department of Economics, University College London.
  3. Bertoli, Simone & Brücker, Herbert, 2010. "Selective Immigration Policies, Migrants' Education and Welfare at Origin," IZA Discussion Papers 5395, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  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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