Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/114031
Authors: 
Parey, Matthias
Ruhose, Jens
Waldinger, Fabian
Netz, Nicolai
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 9164
Abstract: 
We measure selection of high-skilled migrants from Germany using predicted earnings. Migrants to less equal countries are positively selected relative to non-migrants, while migrants to more equal countries are negatively selected, consistent with the prediction in Borjas (1987). Positive selection to less equal countries is driven by university quality and grades, and negative selection to more equal countries by university subject and gender. Migrants to the U.S. are highly positively selected and concentrated in STEM fields. Our results highlight the relevance of the Borjas model for high-skilled individuals when credit constraints and other migration barriers are unlikely to be binding.
Subjects: 
international migration
high-skilled migrants
selection
inequality
Roy/Borjas model
JEL: 
F22
J24
J31
J61
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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