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Networks, Sorting and Self-selection of Ecuadorian Migrants

  • Simone Bertoli

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    (IAB, Institute for Employment Research and Robert Schuman Centre, European University Institute)

This paper provides new empirical evidence about the influence exerted by migration networks upon migrants‟ self-selection in education from the analysis of the recent process of Ecuadorian migration. The severe economic crisis that hit Ecuador in the late 1990s induced a massive wave of migration, from a country which was characterized by a substantial geographical variability in the size of migration networks. As Ecuadorian migrants opted for a variety of destination countries in the aftermath of the crisis, we estimate a multinomial logistic model to assess the impact of migration networks on both migrants‟ sorting and self-selection. The estimates are in line with the theoretical arguments which predict that migration networks increase the likelihood or the extent of a negative self-selection of the migrants with respect to education.

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Paper provided by Centro Studi Luca d\'Agliano, University of Milano in its series Development Working Papers with number 287.

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Length: 33
Date of creation: 30 Apr 2010
Date of revision: 30 Apr 2010
Handle: RePEc:csl:devewp:287
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