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Self-Selection and the Performance of Return Migrants: The Case of Albania

  • Augustin de Coulon
  • Matloob Piracha

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In this paper, using the framework of a Roy theoretical model, we examine the performance of return migrants in Albania. We ask two questions: (i) Had they chosen not to migrate, what would be the performance of return migrants compared to the non-migrants? and (ii) What would be the performance of non-migrants had they decided to migrate and return? Both the selection estimates and the semi-parametric approach allow us to conclude that the flows of return migrants are negatively selected. We find that, had they decided to migrate and come back, the non-migrants would have earned more than twice the wages of return migrants.

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Paper provided by School of Economics, University of Kent in its series Studies in Economics with number 0211.

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Handle: RePEc:ukc:ukcedp:0211
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