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Are Commuters in the EU Better Educated than Non-Commuters but Worse than Migrants?

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  • Peter Huber

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I analyse the skill and age structure of commuters in 14 EU countries. Theory implies that commuters can be either more or less able than stayers, but are always less able than migrants and that they are also always older than migrants but younger than stayers. Empirically all types of commuters are younger and have higher education than non-commuters. Internal commuters are better educated and younger than cross-border commuters, education decreases while age increases with distance commuted and recent migrants are younger but also more highly educated than commuters.

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Paper provided by WIFO in its series WIFO Working Papers with number 407.

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Length: 29 pages
Date of creation: 30 Nov 2011
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Handle: RePEc:wfo:wpaper:y:2011:i:407

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Keywords: Commuting; Selectivity; Migration;

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  1. Peter Huber & Klaus Nowotny, 2013. "Moving across Borders: Who is Willing to Migrate or to Commute?," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 47(9), pages 1462-1481, October.
  2. Chiswick, Barry R., 2000. "Are Immigrants Favorably Self-Selected? An Economic Analysis," IZA Discussion Papers 131, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  3. Thomas Gries & Manfred Kraft & Christina Pieck, 2011. "Interregional migration, self-selection and the returns to education in Brazil," The Annals of Regional Science, Springer, vol. 46(3), pages 707-732, June.
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  5. Huber, Peter, 2011. "The self-selection of Commuters," Working Papers in Economics and Finance 2011-6, University of Salzburg.
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