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Labor Market Performance As A Determinant Of Migration

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  • VIJVERBERG, W.P.M.

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Are migrants more productive workers than nonmigrants? Such a comparison concerns both observed and unobservable productivity factors. This paper focuses on the correlation between unobservable factors at places of origin and destination. A human capital model of migration demonstrates that more productive workers at the origin would migrate only if the correlation between origin and destination factors is strongly positive. Longitudinal data from the Ivory Cost suggest that, indeed, the more productive workers do migrate. Furthermore, people migrate generally towards cities. Therefore, rural areas lose their productive workers; urban areas may gain in productivity from the geographical shifts in population. Copyright 1993 by The London School of Economics and Political Science.
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  • Vijverberg, W.P.M., 1989. "Labor Market Performance As A Determinant Of Migration," Papers 59, World Bank - Living Standards Measurement.
  • Handle: RePEc:fth:wobali:59
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    4. Mika Haapanen, 2001. "Labour market performance and determinants of migration by gender and region of origin," ERSA conference papers ersa01p130, European Regional Science Association.
    5. Nicolai Kristensen & Dorte Verner, 2008. "Labor Market Distortions in Côte d'Ivoire: Analyses of Employer‐Employee Data from the Manufacturing Sector," African Development Review, African Development Bank, vol. 20(3), pages 343-377.
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    7. Katarzyna Budnik, 2011. "Emigration Triggers: International Migration of Polish Workers between 1994 and 2009," NBP Working Papers 90, Narodowy Bank Polski, Economic Research Department.
    8. Agarwal, Reena & Horowitz, Andrew W., 2002. "Are International Remittances Altruism or Insurance? Evidence from Guyana Using Multiple-Migrant Households," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 30(11), pages 2033-2044, November.
    9. John Cameron, 1996. "The challenge of combining quantitative and qualitative methods in Labour Force and livelihoods analysis: A case-study of Bangladesh," Journal of International Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 8(5), pages 625-653.

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