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Are there Returns to Migration Experience? An Empirical Analysis Using Data on Return Migrants and Non-Migrants in West Africa

  • Robilliard, Anne-Sophie
  • Gubert, Flore
  • de Vreyer, Philippe

Does migrants’ experience abroad provide an earnings premium for wage earners and/or a productivity advantage for entrepreneurs? In terms of earnings, we find that experience abroad results in a substantial wage premium for migrants returning from an OECD country but not for other return migrants. Past migration in an OECD country also results in a productive advantage for returnees who became entrepreneurs upon returning. However, the low share of return migrants in the population of WAEMU countries suggests that the effectiveness of return migration as a driver of development is only moderate.

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Date of creation: 2010
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Publication status: Published in Annales d'Economie et de Statistique, 2010, no. 97-98. pp. 307-328.Length: 21 pages
Handle: RePEc:dau:papers:123456789/5128
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