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Is There a Wage Premium for Returning Irish Migrants?

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  • Alan Barrett

    (The Economic and Social Research Institute, Dublin)

  • Philip J. O’Connell

    (The Economic and Social Research Institute, Dublin)

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Higher rates of economic growth in recent years have led Ireland from being a country characterised by emigration to one where population inflows have become an important issue. This paper contains an analysis of one element of the current inflow. Drawing on data collected in 1998 on over 800 Irish individuals who had graduated from Irish colleges in 1992, we compare the wages of returned migrants with the wages of those who stayed in Ireland. In a recent paper, it has been argued that returned migrants accumulate skills and competencies while away that are rewarded on return to the home country. We find support for this argument for men. On average, returning males earn 10 per cent more than men who stayed in Ireland, controlling for a range of factors. However, men who say that they originally migrated for labour-related reasons earn 15 per cent more. No wage premium is found for female returning migrants relative to female stayers.

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Article provided by Economic and Social Studies in its journal Economic and Social Review.

Volume (Year): 32 (2001)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 1-21

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Handle: RePEc:eso:journl:v:32:y:2001:i:1:p:1-21

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  1. Borjas, George J, 1987. "Self-Selection and the Earnings of Immigrants," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 77(4), pages 531-53, September.
  2. Mincer, Jacob, 1978. "Family Migration Decisions," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 86(5), pages 749-73, October.
  3. Co, Catherine Y. & Gang, Ira N. & Yun, Myeong-Su, 1998. "Returns to Returning: Who Went Abroad and What Does it Matter?," IZA Discussion Papers 19, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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