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Theoretical and Empirical Determinants of International Labour Mobility: A Greek-German Perspective

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  • Glytsos, Nicholas
  • Katseli, Louka Tarsitsa

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Emigration of labour and its subsequent repatriation can best be understood as phases of an intertemporal exchange process, of a relatively abundant factor, namely unskilled labour, for a relatively scarce factor, namely capital. This capital flow initially consists of financial capital, that is of emigrant remittances, and of human capital at the time of repatriation. This analytical hypothesis is empirically tested on Greek data and seems to be validated by the empirical evidence presented. The formulation of the emigration-repatriation cycle as an intertemporal phenomenon highlights the need for forward-looking policies. The analysis suggests that planning for the period of net immigration and of reduced remittances should be an integral component of policy in the sending country.

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Paper provided by C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers in its series CEPR Discussion Papers with number 148.

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Handle: RePEc:cpr:ceprdp:148

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Keywords: Capital Mobility; Emigration; Guest Workers; Labour Exchange; Labour Migration; Labour Mobility; Repatriation;

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  1. Martinho, Vítor João Pereira Domingues, 2011. "Net migration and convergence in Portugal. An alternative analysis," MPRA Paper 32801, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Cholezas, Ioannis & Tsakloglou, Panos, 2008. "The Economic Impact of Immigration in Greece: Taking Stock of the Existing Evidence," IZA Discussion Papers 3754, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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  5. Emmanuel Owusu-Sekyere & Renee van Eyden & Francis Kemegue, 2011. "Remittances And The Dutch Disease In Sub-Saharan Africa: A Dynamic Panel Approach," Working Papers 201129, University of Pretoria, Department of Economics.
  6. Hans-Werner Sinn, 2000. "EU Enlargement, Migration, and Lessons from German Unification," German Economic Review, Verein für Socialpolitik, vol. 1(3), pages 299-314, 08.
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  8. Sule Akkoyunlu & Konstantin A. Kholodilin, 2006. "What Affects the Remittances of Turkish Workers: Turkish or German Output?," Discussion Papers of DIW Berlin 622, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research.
  9. Carlos Vargas-Silva & Peng Huang, 2005. "Macroeconomic Determinants of Workers’ Remittances: Host vs. Home Country’s Economic Conditions," International Finance 0507007, EconWPA, revised 29 Jul 2005.
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  13. Ali Mansoor & Bryce Quillin, 2007. "Migration and Remittances : Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 6920, August.
  14. Mirzosaid Sultonov, 2013. "The Macroeconomic Determinants of Remittance Flows from Russia to Tajikistan," Transition Studies Review, Springer, vol. 19(4), pages 417-430, March.
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  16. Hasan, Mohammad Monirul, 2008. "The macroeconomic determinants of remittances in Bangladesh," MPRA Paper 27744, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised Sep 2010.
  17. Misala, Józef, 1992. "The experience of the Mediterranean countries with accession to the European Communities: Lessons for Poland," Kiel Working Papers 511, Kiel Institute for the World Economy.

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