Frontier issues in international migration

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Addresses three main issues: why do some migrants return even though the intercountry wage differential does not reverse? Second, why do migrants who stay tend to share their higher earnings with others at origin, even in the absence of altruism or of a need to establish an exchange relationship? Can the size of these transfers be predicted? Third, what explains the earnings of migrants? Why do they often dominate the earnings of equivalent native-born workers even if differences in human capital are fully controlled for? The article suggests that when informational symmetry is reestablished, the low-skill workers, who are no longer pooled with the high-skill workers, return. Second, migrants' remittances are conceived as side-payments, made under asymmetric information, by high-skill migrant workers to low-skill workers, who, if they were to migrate, would erode the wages of the high-skill workers. And third, the edge migrants have over native-born workers arises from the lower recognition costs of partners to trade whose types is unknown. There are comments and a floor discussion. -from Author

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)361-403
Number of pages43
JournalUnknown Journal
StatePublished - 1995


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