Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/113140
Authors: 
Poutvaara, Panu
Borjas, George
Kauppinen, Ilpo
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
Beiträge zur Jahrestagung des Vereins für Socialpolitik 2015: Ökonomische Entwicklung - Theorie und Politik - Session: Migration G05-V3
Abstract: 
This paper uses Danish full population register data from 1995 to 2001 to analyze self-selection of migrants from Denmark. We find that Danish emigrants are more educated and have higher pre-emigration earnings than non-migrants. The earnings of emigrants are not higher only on average, but the earnings distribution for emigrants stochastically dominates that of non-migrants. Furthermore, we also find positive self-selection in terms of residuals from earnings regressions. These results are consistent with the positive selection hypothesis for migrants from a rich and equal country derived from the Roy model. We also derive the stochastic dominance result from the model.
JEL: 
F22
J61
J24
Document Type: 
Conference Paper

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