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The Economic Performance of Immigrants: A Theory of Assortative Matching

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  • Hendricks, Lutz A.

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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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Paper provided by Iowa State University, Department of Economics in its series Staff General Research Papers with number 11931.

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Date of creation: 01 Jan 2001
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Publication status: Published in International Economic Review 2001, vol. 42, pp. 417-449
Handle: RePEc:isu:genres:11931

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  1. Caponi, Vincenzo, 2006. "Intergenerational Transmission of Abilities and Self Selection of Mexican Immigrants," IZA Discussion Papers 2431, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  2. 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.
  3. 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).
  4. Dequiedt, Vianney & Zenou, Yves, 2011. "International Migration, Imperfect Information, and Brain Drain," CEPR Discussion Papers, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers 8459, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  5. 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).
  6. Anuradha Roy & Ricardo Leiva, . "Testing of a Structures Covariance Matrix for Three-Level Repeated Measures Data," Working Papers, College of Business, University of Texas at San Antonio 0037, College of Business, University of Texas at San Antonio.
  7. Udo Kreickemeier & Jens Wrona, . "Two-way Migration Between Similar Countries," Discussion Papers 11/07, University of Nottingham, GEP.

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