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Selection into Migration within a Household Model: Evidence from Senegal

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  • Isabelle Chort

    (LEDa - Laboratoire d'Economie de Dauphine - Université Paris-Dauphine)

  • Jean-Noël Senne

    (Univ. Paris-Sud - Laboratoire de Physique des Solides)

This paper intends to fill the gap between individual selection models and household approaches to migration. It presents a theoretical model to account for household-based migration decisions and derives its implications on migrant selection within the household. The predictions are tested on unique multi-sited and matched samples of Senegalese migrants and their origin household, using a three-step estimation procedure based on an extension of the Roy-Dahl model of mobility and earnings. Our results suggest that expected remittances, along with earnings differentials between host and home countries, play a major role in shaping intra-household selection patterns.

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Date of creation: 2015
Publication status: Published in World Bank Economic Review, 2015, 29 (1), <10.1093/wber/lhv017>
Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:hal-01516068
DOI: 10.1093/wber/lhv017
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