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The Self-Selection of Migrant Workers Revisited

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dc.creator Yashiv, Eran
dc.date 2004
dc.date.accessioned 2013-10-16T07:10:02Z
dc.date.available 2013-10-16T07:10:02Z
dc.date.issued 2013-10-16
dc.identifier http://hdl.handle.net/10419/20329
dc.identifier ppn:384726178
dc.identifier.uri http://koha.mediu.edu.my:8181/xmlui/handle/10419/20329
dc.description Work of low-skilled migrant workers from developing countries in developed economies is a growing phenomenon and a key political and economic issue. An extensive literature has found (for the most part) that these workers come from the lower part of the skill distribution. This paper revisits the issue, using a self-selection model, a unique data-set on migrant workers as well as on workers that chose not to migrate (?stayers?), and direct estimation of the moments of the latent unobserved skill distributions. The main findings are that there are two dimensions to self-selection: in terms of observed skills, a substantial migration premium lures migrant workers, while very low returns to skills in the foreign economy deter skilled workers, leading to negative self-selection. In terms of unobservable skills, self-selection is found to be positive rather than negative. The latter finding entails substantial increases in mean wages and reduction in wage inequality, relative to random assignment and to the alternative of not migrating. The analysis also demonstrates that estimates of skill premia for migrants – an important issue in the immigration literature – are upward biased if selection is not accounted for. Relevant skills are multi-dimensional, hence assignments in this context are non-hierarchical.
dc.language eng
dc.relation IZA Discussion paper series 1094
dc.rights http://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungen
dc.subject F2
dc.subject J6
dc.subject J3
dc.subject ddc:330
dc.subject self-selection
dc.subject migrant workers
dc.subject skill premia
dc.subject migration premium
dc.subject unobservable skills
dc.subject non-hierarchical sorting
dc.subject wage inequality
dc.subject Ausländische Arbeitskräfte
dc.subject Ungelernte Arbeitskräfte
dc.subject Bildungsertrag
dc.subject Qualifikation
dc.subject Lohn
dc.subject Lohnstruktur
dc.subject Theorie
dc.subject Palästinenser
dc.subject Schätzung
dc.subject Israel
dc.title The Self-Selection of Migrant Workers Revisited
dc.type doc-type:workingPaper

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