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The Economic Performance of Immigrants: A Theory of Assortative Matching

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  • Hendricks, Lutz

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The economic performance of U.S. immigrants differs substantially from that of natives in ways that pose difficulties for standard theories of migration. In particular, immigrants cluster geographically and are often employed together. Immigrant earnings differ by origin and time spent in the United States, even after controlling for education and experience. A large fraction of immigrants eventually returns home, even to low-wage countries. This article offers a theory of international migration based on assortative matching under imperfect information that accounts for a broad range of these empirical regularities.

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Article provided by Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania and Osaka University Institute of Social and Economic Research Association in its journal International Economic Review.

Volume (Year): 42 (2001)
Issue (Month): 2 (May)
Pages: 417-49

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Handle: RePEc:ier:iecrev:v:42:y:2001:i:2:p:417-49

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  1. Dequiedt, Vianney & Zenou, Yves, 2011. "International Migration, Imperfect Information, and Brain Drain," CEPR Discussion Papers 8459, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  2. Vincenzo Caponi, 2009. "Intergenerational Transmission of Abilities and Self Selection of Mexican Immigrants," Working Papers 002, Ryerson University, Department of Economics.
  3. Rendon, Silvio & Cuecuecha, Alfredo, 2007. "International Job Search: Mexicans In and Out of the US," IZA Discussion Papers 3219, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  4. Malchow-Møller, Nikolaj & Munch, Jakob R. & Skaksen, Jan Rose, 2011. "Do Foreign Experts Increase the Productivity of Domestic Firms?," IZA Discussion Papers 6001, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  5. Udo Kreickemeier & Jens Wrona, . "Two-way Migration Between Similar Countries," Discussion Papers 11/07, University of Nottingham, GEP.
  6. Anuradha Roy & Ricardo Leiva, . "Testing of a Structures Covariance Matrix for Three-Level Repeated Measures Data," Working Papers 0037, College of Business, University of Texas at San Antonio.
  7. Steinrücken, Torsten & Jaenichen, Sebastian, 2004. "Zum Einfluss von Ausländern auf die Wirtschaftsleistung von Standorten: ist Zuwanderung ein Weg aus der ostdeutschen Lethargie?," Ilmenau Economics Discussion Papers 41, Ilmenau University of Technology, Institute of Economics.

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