Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/149444
Authors: 
Michaelsen, Maren
Haisken-DeNew, John
Year of Publication: 
2015
Citation: 
[Journal:] IZA Journal of Migration [ISSN:] 2193-9039 [Volume:] 4 [Year:] 2015 [Pages:] 1-25
Abstract: 
This study uses the nationally representative Mexican Family Life Survey (MxFLS) to identify systematic differences in earnings returns to human capital endowments for formal and informal sector workers in rural and urban Mexico. Returns to experience are critical in explaining the large urban wage gap in a Blinder-Oaxaca decomposition and indeed drive pull migration from the rural informal sector to the urban informal sector, exacerbating urban population congestion in already over-crowded main cities. Targeted rural industrial planning is essential to offset pull migration and ensure a more balanced urban/rural development through incentives.
Subjects: 
Returns to experience
Rural-urban wage differentials
Formal/informal sector
Internal migration
Mexico
JEL: 
J24
J31
R23
Q15
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Creative Commons License: 
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Document Type: 
Article
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