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The Economic Performance of Immigrants: A Theory of Assortative Matching

  • Hendricks, Lutz A.

The economic performance of U.S. immigrants differs substantially from that of natives in ways that pose difficulties for standard theories of migration. In particular, immigrants cluster geographically and are often employed together. Immigrant earnings differ by origin and time spent in the United States, even after controlling for education and experience. A large fraction of immigrants eventually returns home, even to low-wage countries. This article offers a theory of international migration based on assortative matching under imperfect information that accounts for a broad range of these empirical regularities.

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Paper provided by Iowa State University, Department of Economics in its series Staff General Research Papers with number 11931.

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Date of creation: 01 Jan 2001
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Publication status: Published in International Economic Review 2001, vol. 42, pp. 417-449
Handle: RePEc:isu:genres:11931
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