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International migration and human capital formation

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  • Jellal, Mohamed
  • wolff, François charles

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We consider a model of international migration with heterogeneity in the skill level of workers which accounts for country−specific educational investment, unemployment expectations and return to the origin country. We prove that migrants invest less than natives in human capital formation because of return migration, so that migrants are more likely to be unemployed and to have flatter earnings profiles.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 38423.

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Date of creation: 2003
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Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:38423

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Keywords: International migration; return migration; human capital formation;

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Cited by:
  1. Jellal, Mohamed & Bouzahzah, Mohamed, 2012. "Diaspora parité du pouvoir d'achat incertitude et épargne," MPRA Paper 38746, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Asongu Simplice, 2013. "On the Obituary of Scientific Knowledge Monopoly," Working Papers 13/026, African Governance and Development Institute..
  3. Jellal, Mohamed, 2009. "Migration des Elites Norme Culturelle et Formation de la Diaspora
    [Brain Drain Social Norm and Diaspora Formation]
    ," MPRA Paper 18011, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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