The impact of labour market dynamics on the return-migration of immigrants


Bijwaard, Govert E., Schluter, Christian and Wahba, Jackline (2014) The impact of labour market dynamics on the return-migration of immigrants. Review of Economics & Statistics (In Press).

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Using administrative panel data on the entire population of new labour immigrants to The Netherlands, we estimate the causal effects of labour dynamics on their return decisions. Specifically, the roles of unemployment and re-employment spells on immigration durations are examined. The endogeneity of labour market outcomes and the return migration decision, if ignored, confounds the causal effect. This empirical challenge is addressed using the “timing-of-events” method. We estimate the model separately for distinct immigrant groups, and find that, overall, unemployment spells shorten immigration durations, while reemployment spells delay returns for all but one group. The magnitude of the causal effect differs across groups.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: temporary migration, durations, timing of event method, labour market dynamics
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
Divisions: Faculty of Social and Human Sciences > Social Sciences > Economics
ePrint ID: 206057
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2011 10:14
Last Modified: 14 Apr 2014 11:08
Research Funder: ESRC
Projects:
Centre for Population Change: Understanding Population Change in the 21st Century
Funded by: ESRC (RES-625-28-0001)
Led by: Jane Cecelia Falkingham
1 January 2009 to 31 December 2013
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/206057

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