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Self-Selection and the Performance of Return Migrants: The Case of Albania

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  • Augustin de Coulon
  • Matloob Piracha

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In this paper, using the framework of a Roy theoretical model, we examine the performance of return migrants in Albania. We ask two questions: (i) Had they chosen not to migrate, what would be the performance of return migrants compared to the non-migrants? and (ii) What would be the performance of non-migrants had they decided to migrate and return? Both the selection estimates and the semi-parametric approach allow us to conclude that the flows of return migrants are negatively selected. We find that, had they decided to migrate and come back, the non-migrants would have earned more than twice the wages of return migrants.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, University of Kent in its series Studies in Economics with number 0211.

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Handle: RePEc:ukc:ukcedp:0211

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Keywords: migration; self-selection; Albania;

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  1. RobertE. B. Lucas, 2005. "Migration internationale vers les pays à haut revenu : quelles conséquences pour le développement économique des pays d'origine ?," Revue d’économie du développement, De Boeck Université, vol. 19(4), pages 123-171.
  2. Vickerman, Roger, 2002. "Economic issues in a community immigration policy: the regional dimension," ERSA conference papers ersa02p383, European Regional Science Association.
  3. Matloob Piracha & Roger Vickerman, 2002. "Immigration, Labour Mobility and EU Enlargement," Studies in Economics 0209, Department of Economics, University of Kent.

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