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Return Migration, Investment in Children, and Intergenerational Mobility: Comparing Sons of Foreign and Native Born Fathers

  • Dustmann, Christian


    (University College London)

This paper studies parental investment in education and intergenerational earnings mobility for father-son pairs with native and foreign born fathers. We illustrate within a simple model that for immigrants, investment in their children is related to their return migration probability. In our empirical analysis, we include a measure for return probabilities, based on repeated information about migrants' return intentions. Our results suggest that educational investments in the son are positively associated with a higher probability of a permanent migration of the father. We also find that the son's permanent wages are positively associated with the probability of the father's permanent migration. Keywords: Intergenerational mobility, return intentions, educational investment, earnings.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 3080.

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Length: 44 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2007
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Publication status: Published in: Journal of Human Resources, 2008, 43(2), 299 - 324
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp3080
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