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Return Migration and Occupational Change

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  • Ilahi, Nadeem

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Return migrants exhibit a high tendency for self-employment over waged employment. Using cross-sectional data from Pakistan, the paper explores the determinants of this choice. Retirement from the domestic labor market is not a reason for opting for self-employment. The preference for non-farm self-employment is a two-period process of self-selection. Migrants who expect to switch occupation to non-farm self-employment upon return save more from high transitory overseas income than do their counterparts. Upon return, savings become a significant factor in the choice of self-employment over waged employment. International migration and return have little influence on the choice of farm self-employment. Copyright 1999 by Blackwell Publishing Ltd

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  • Ilahi, Nadeem, 1999. "Return Migration and Occupational Change," Review of Development Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 3(2), pages 170-186, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:rdevec:v:3:y:1999:i:2:p:170-86
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