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

Bijwaard, Govert E., Schluter, Christian and Wahba, Jackline (2011) The impact of labour market dynamics on the return-migration of immigrants IZA 27pp. (Discussion Paper Series, 5722).

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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.

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Published date: May 2011
Keywords: temporary migration, durations, timing of event method, labour market dynamics
Organisations: Economics


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Date deposited: 15 Dec 2011 10:14
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 13:39

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Author: Govert E. Bijwaard
Author: Jackline Wahba

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