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Can selective immigration policies reduce migrants' quality?

Can selective immigration policies reduce migrants' quality?
Can selective immigration policies reduce migrants' quality?
Destination countries can adopt selective immigration policies to improve migrants' quality. Screening potential migrants on the basis of observable characteristics also influences their self-selection on unobservables. We propose a model that analyzes the effects of selective immigration policies on migrants' quality, measured by their wages at destination. We show that the prevailing pattern of selection on unobservables influences the effect of an increase in selectivity, which can reduce migrants' quality when migrants are positively self-selected on unobservables. We also demonstrate that, in this case, the quality-maximizing share of educated migrants declines with the scale of migration.
0304-3878
100-109
Bertoli, Simone
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Dequiedt, Vianney
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Zenou, Yves
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Bertoli, Simone
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Dequiedt, Vianney
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Zenou, Yves
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Bertoli, Simone, Dequiedt, Vianney and Zenou, Yves (2016) Can selective immigration policies reduce migrants' quality? Journal of Development Economics, 119, 100-109. (doi:10.1016/j.jdeveco.2015.11.002).

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Abstract

Destination countries can adopt selective immigration policies to improve migrants' quality. Screening potential migrants on the basis of observable characteristics also influences their self-selection on unobservables. We propose a model that analyzes the effects of selective immigration policies on migrants' quality, measured by their wages at destination. We show that the prevailing pattern of selection on unobservables influences the effect of an increase in selectivity, which can reduce migrants' quality when migrants are positively self-selected on unobservables. We also demonstrate that, in this case, the quality-maximizing share of educated migrants declines with the scale of migration.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 28 November 2015
Published date: 1 March 2016
Organisations: Economics

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Local EPrints ID: 408272
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/408272
ISSN: 0304-3878
PURE UUID: 2150e876-cf11-451d-8541-3eb4df489533
ORCID for Yves Zenou: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-6516-0812

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Date deposited: 18 May 2017 04:02
Last modified: 18 Jul 2019 11:59

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