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A Sequential Study of Migration and Job Search

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  • McCall, B P
  • McCall, J J

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This paper designs a multiarmed bandit sequential model for the analysis of the migration-job search process. Th e implications either are compatible with well-known migration behavi or or, when novel, are also plausible. For example, regions with larg e wage variability attract migrants, and regions with large nonpecuni ary returns increase both in migration and out migration. A major adv antage of this approach is the relative ease with which martingale es timators can be derived from the martingale structure of the model. T hese martingale methods are exemplified for the return migration phen omenon. Copyright 1987 by University of Chicago Press.

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  • McCall, B P & McCall, J J, 1987. "A Sequential Study of Migration and Job Search," Journal of Labor Economics, University of Chicago Press, vol. 5(4), pages 452-476, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:ucp:jlabec:v:5:y:1987:i:4:p:452-76
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    1. Brown, Charles & Medoff, James, 1989. "The Employer Size-Wage Effect," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 97(5), pages 1027-1059, October.
    2. Abraham, Katharine G & Farber, Henry S, 1987. "Job Duration, Seniority, and Earnings," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 77(3), pages 278-297, June.
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