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Can selective immigration policies reduce migrants’ quality?

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  • Vianney DEQUIEDT

    () (Centre d'Etudes et de Recherches sur le Développement International(CERDI))

  • Simone BERTOLI

    () (Centre d'Etudes et de Recherches sur le Développement International(CERDI))

  • Yves ZENOU

Abstract

Destination countries have been resorting to selective immigration policies to improve migrants' quality. We propose a model that analyzes the effects of selective immigration policies on migrants' quality, measured by their wages at destination. Screening potential migrants on the basis of observable characteristics also influences their self-selection on unobservables that influences their wages. We show that the prevailing pattern of selection on unobservables influences the effect of an increase in selectivity, which can reduce migrants' quality when migrants are positively self-selected.

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  • Vianney DEQUIEDT & Simone BERTOLI & Yves ZENOU, 2014. "Can selective immigration policies reduce migrants’ quality?," Working Papers 201419, CERDI.
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    Selective policies; self-selection; migrants' quality;

    JEL classification:

    • J61 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Geographic Labor Mobility; Immigrant Workers
    • K30 - Law and Economics - - Other Substantive Areas of Law - - - General
    • F22 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Migration

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