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Who Leaves and Who Returns? Deciphering Immigrant Self-Selection from a Developing Country

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  • Randall K. Q. Akee

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Existing research examining the self-selection of immigrants suffers from a lack of information on the immigrants’ labor force activities in the home country, quotas limiting who is allowed to enter the destination country, and non-economic factors such as internal civil strife in the home country. Using a novel data set from the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), a migration flow to the U.S. has been analyzed that suffers from none of these problems. Second, nearest neighbor matching for immigrants has been conducted prior to their leaving the home country using home country wages as the outcome variable to determine the nature of selection on unobservable characteristics. [Discussion Paper No. 3268]

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Keywords: immigrants; home country; Federated States of Micronesia (FSM); U.S.; high-skilled workers; endogeneity; wages;

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  5. Auriol, A. & Mesnard, A., 2013. "Sale of visas: a smuggler's final song?," Working Papers 13/06, Department of Economics, City University London.
  6. Aguilar Esteva, Arturo Alberto, 2013. "Stayers and Returners: Educational Self-Selection among U.S. Immigrants and Returning Migrants," IZA Discussion Papers 7222, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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