Return Migration, Wage Differentials, and the Optimal Migration Duration
AbstractIn simple static models, migration increases with the wage differential between host and home country. In a dynamic framework, and if migrations are temporary, the size of the migrant population in the host country depends also on the migration duration. This paper analyses optimal migration durations in a model which rationalises the decision of the migrant to return to his home country, despite persistently higher wages in the host country. The analysis shows that, if migrations are temporary, the optimal migration duration may decrease if the wage differential grows larger. Using micro data for Germany, the second part of the paper provides some empirical evidence which is compatible with this hypothesis.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 264.
Length: 32 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2001
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Publication status: published in: European Economic Review, 47 (2), 2003, 353-369
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- Dustmann, Christian, 2003. "Return migration, wage differentials, and the optimal migration duration," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 47(2), pages 353-369, April.
- D9 - Microeconomics - - Intertemporal Choice
- F22 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Migration
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