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The Impact of Labor Market Dynamics on the Return Migration of Immigrants

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  • Govert E. Bijwaard

    (Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute)

  • Christian Schluter

    (Aix-Marseille Université (Aix Marseille School of Economics), CNRS and EHESS, and University of Southampton)

  • Jackline Wahba

    (University of Southampton)

Abstract

Using administrative panel data on the entire population of new labor immigrants to the Netherlands, we estimate the effects of individual labor market spells on immigration durations using the timing-of-events method. The model allows for correlated unobserved heterogeneity across migration, unemployment, and employment processes. We find that unemployment spells increase return probabilities for all immigrant groups, while reemployment spells typically delay returns. © 2014 The President and Fellows of Harvard College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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  • Govert E. Bijwaard & Christian Schluter & Jackline Wahba, 2014. "The Impact of Labor Market Dynamics on the Return Migration of Immigrants," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, vol. 96(3), pages 483-494, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:tpr:restat:v:96:y:2014:i:3:p:483-494
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    Keywords

    temporary migration; durations; timing of event method; labor market dynamics;
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    JEL classification:

    • J61 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Geographic Labor Mobility; Immigrant Workers
    • J64 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Unemployment: Models, Duration, Incidence, and Job Search
    • C41 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods: Special Topics - - - Duration Analysis; Optimal Timing Strategies

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