Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/227267
Authors: 
Emmler, Julian
Fitzenberger, Bernd
Year of Publication: 
2020
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers No. 13740
Abstract: 
Estimating the returns to migration from East to West Germany, we focus on pre-migration employment dynamics, earnings uncertainty, and job change. Migrants are found to be negatively selected with respect to labor market outcomes, with a large drop in earnings and employment during the last few months before migration. We find sizeable positive earnings and employment gains of migration both in comparison to staying or job change. The gains vary considerably with pre-migration earnings and with the counterfactual considered. Future migrants have worse expectations for their labor market prospects in the East and migrants show a greater openness to mobility.
Subjects: 
migration
returns
selection
unemployment
moving costs
JEL: 
J61
R23
O15
P25
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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