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Title:The Optimal Migration Duration and Activity Choice after Re-migration PDF Logo
Authors:Dustmann, Christian
Kirchkamp, Oliver
Issue Date:2001
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion paper series 266
Abstract:If migrants return to their origin countries, two questions arise which are of immediate economic interest for both immigration and emigration country: What determines their optimal migration duration, and what are the activities migrants choose after a return. Little research has been devoted to these two issues. This paper utilises a unique survey data set which records activities of returned migrants. We first illustrate the activities of immigrants after returning. We show that more than half of the returning migrants are economically active after return, and most of them engage in entrepreneurial activities. We then develop a model, where migrants decide simultaneously about the optimal migration duration, and their after-return activities. Guided by this model, we specify and estimate an empirical model, where the after-return activity, and the optimal migration duration are simultaneously chosen.
Subjects:Life cycle models
international migration
qualitative choice models
JEL:C35
D9
F22
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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