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Investment Opportunities in the Source Country and Temporary Migration

This paper examines how attractive investment opportunities available to temporary migrants in their country of origin a¤ect their saving behavior and the optimal duration of stay abroad. The model predicts an inverse U-shaped relationship between migration duration and the expected rate of return on repatriated savings. A higher rate provides an incentive to go back earlier and consume less abroad, while it can also trigger emigration aimed at generating the savings required for investment after return. At a more general level, the paper illustrates how the behavior of temporary migrants re?ects the interaction between their preferences and the opportunities available in the labor and capital markets of both countries.

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Paper provided by Economics Section, The Graduate Institute of International Studies in its series IHEID Working Papers with number 06-2009.

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Length: 29 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2008
Date of revision: May 2009
Handle: RePEc:gii:giihei:heidwp06-2009
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  1. de Brauw, Alan & Rozelle, Scott, 2008. "Migration and household investment in rural China," China Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 19(2), pages 320-335, June.
  2. Galor, Oded & Stark, Oded, 1990. "Migrants' Savings, the Probability of Return Migration and Migrants' Performance," International Economic Review, Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania and Osaka University Institute of Social and Economic Research Association, vol. 31(2), pages 463-67, May.
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