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Returns to migration, education, and externalities in the European Union

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  • Andrés Rodríguez-Pose

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    (IMDEA Ciencias Sociales)

  • Vassilis Tselios

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    (University of Newcastle upon Tyne)

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This paper uses microeconomic data for more than 100,000 European individuals in order to analyse whether the individual economic returns to education vary between migrants and non-migrants and whether any differences in earnings between these two groups are affected by household and/or geographical (regional and interregional) externalities. The results point out that while education is a fundamental determinant of earnings, European labour markets do not discriminate in the returns to education between migrants and nonmigrants. Household, regional, and supra-regional externalities influence the economic returns to education in a similar way for local, intranational, and supra-national migrants. The results are robust to the introduction of a large number of individual, household, and regional controls.

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Paper provided by Instituto Madrileño de Estudios Avanzados (IMDEA) Ciencias Sociales in its series Working Papers with number 2009-15.

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Date of creation: 03 Nov 2009
Date of revision: 09 Feb 2010
Publication status: Published in Papers in Regional Science 89(2), June 2010: 411-434
Handle: RePEc:imd:wpaper:wp2009-15

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Keywords: individual earnings; migration; educational attainment; externalities; household; regions; Europe;

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  1. Ana Ferrer & W. Craig Riddell, 2008. "Education, credentials, and immigrant earnings," Canadian Journal of Economics, Canadian Economics Association, vol. 41(1), pages 186-216, February.
  2. Dostie, Benoit & Léger, Pierre Thomas, 2006. "Self-Selection in Migration and Returns to Unobservable Skills," IZA Discussion Papers 1942, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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  1. Andrés Rodríguez-Pose & Vassilis Tselios, 2011. "Welfare regimes and the incentives to work and get educated," Working Papers 2011-01, Instituto Madrileño de Estudios Avanzados (IMDEA) Ciencias Sociales.
  2. Simona Iammarino & Elisabetta Marinelli, 2012. "Education-Job (Mis)Matching And Interregional Migration: Italian University Graduates’ Transition To Work," Management Working Papers 8, Birkbeck Department of Management, revised Sep 2012.
  3. Ketterer, Tobias & Rodríguez-Pose, Andrés, 2012. "Do Local Amenities Affect the Appeal of Regions in Europe for Migrants?," CEPR Discussion Papers 8964, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  4. Andrés Rodríguez-Pose, 2010. "Economists as geographers and geographers as something else: On the changing conception of distance in geography and economics," Working Papers 2010-22, Instituto Madrileño de Estudios Avanzados (IMDEA) Ciencias Sociales.
  5. Andrés Rodríguez-Pose & Tobias Ketterer, 2011. "Do we follow the money? The drivers of migration across regions in the EU," ERSA conference papers ersa11p191, European Regional Science Association.

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