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The Economic Performance of Immigrants: A Theory of Assortative Matching

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  • Hendricks, Lutz A.

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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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  • Hendricks, Lutz A., 2001. "The Economic Performance of Immigrants: A Theory of Assortative Matching," Staff General Research Papers Archive 11931, Iowa State University, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:isu:genres:11931
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    1. Udo Kreickemeier & Jens Wrona, 2017. "Two-Way Migration between Similar Countries," The World Economy, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 40(1), pages 182-206, January.
    2. Dequiedt, Vianney & Zenou, Yves, 2013. "International migration, imperfect information, and brain drain," Journal of Development Economics, Elsevier, vol. 102(C), pages 62-78.
    3. Sílvio Rendon & Alfredo Cuecuecha, 2010. "International job search: Mexicans in and out of the US," Review of Economics of the Household, Springer, vol. 8(1), pages 53-82, March.
    4. Anuradha Roy & Ricardo Leiva, 2008. "Testing of a Structures Covariance Matrix for Three-Level Repeated Measures Data," Working Papers 0037, College of Business, University of Texas at San Antonio.
    5. Vincenzo Caponi, 2011. "Intergenerational Transmission Of Abilities And Self‐Selection Of Mexican Immigrants," International Economic Review, Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania and Osaka University Institute of Social and Economic Research Association, vol. 52(2), pages 523-547, May.
    6. Nikolaj Malchow-Møller & Jakob R. Munch & Jan Rose Skaksen, 2011. "Do Foreign Experts Increase the Productivity of Domestic Firms?," Norface Discussion Paper Series 2011014, Norface Research Programme on Migration, Department of Economics, University College London.
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    8. Steinrücken, Torsten & Jaenichen, Sebastian, 2004. "Zum Einfluss von Ausländern auf die Wirtschaftsleistung von Standorten: ist Zuwanderung ein Weg aus der ostdeutschen Lethargie?," Ilmenau Economics Discussion Papers 41, Ilmenau University of Technology, Institute of Economics.

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