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The Impact of Return Migration to Mexico

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  • Seth R. Gitter

    (Towson University)

  • Robert J. Gitter

    (Ohio Wesleyan University)

  • Douglas Southgate

    (The Ohio State University)

Abstract

Hundreds of thousand of Mexicans leave their country each year for the United States. Almost half these migrants return to Mexico within twelve months. Using a sample of working-aged males from (MxFLS) we find that being a return migrant affects the probability of employment. In states along the US border return migrants are less likely to be employed and those in the Central and Capital areas more likely. But these effects disappear when we correct for the fact that factors that determine migration also affect employment.

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  • Seth R. Gitter & Robert J. Gitter & Douglas Southgate, 2008. "The Impact of Return Migration to Mexico," Estudios Económicos, El Colegio de México, Centro de Estudios Económicos, vol. 23(1), pages 3-23.
  • Handle: RePEc:emx:esteco:v:23:y:2008:i:1:p:3-23
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    1. Trends in Mexican Migration
      by Seth Gitter in the blog of diminishing returns on 2011-07-06 20:11:00

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    1. repec:spr:jlabre:v:39:y:2018:i:2:d:10.1007_s12122-018-9266-y is not listed on IDEAS
    2. Claudia Masferrer & Bryan Roberts, 2012. "Going Back Home? Changing Demography and Geography of Mexican Return Migration," Population Research and Policy Review, Springer;Southern Demographic Association (SDA), vol. 31(4), pages 465-496, August.
    3. Christian Dustmann & Joseph-Simon Görlach, 2016. "The Economics of Temporary Migrations," Journal of Economic Literature, American Economic Association, vol. 54(1), pages 98-136, March.
    4. Raymundo Campos-Vazquez & Jaime Lara, 2012. "Self-selection patterns among return migrants: Mexico 1990-2010," IZA Journal of Migration and Development, Springer;Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit GmbH (IZA), vol. 1(1), pages 1-18, December.
    5. Kupets Olga, 2011. "Brain Gain or Brain Waste? The Performance of Return Labor Migrants in the Ukrainian Labor Market," EERC Working Paper Series 11/06e, EERC Research Network, Russia and CIS.

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    Keywords

    Migration; Mexico; labor outcomes; MxFLS;

    JEL classification:

    • O15 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Economic Development: Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration
    • J21 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Force and Employment, Size, and Structure

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