Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/35272
Authors: 
Rendón, Sílvio
Cuecuecha, Alfredo
Year of Publication: 
2007
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 3219
Abstract: 
It is argued that migration from Mexico to the US and its corresponding return migration are determined by international wage differentials and preferences for origin. We use a model of job search, savings and migration to show that job turnover is a crucial determinant of the migration process. We estimate this model by Simulated Method of Moments (SMM) and find that migration practically disappears if Mexico has American arrival rates while employed. Doubling migration costs reduces migration rates in half, while subsidizing return migration in $300 reduces migration rates of older migrants but increases migration rates of younger migrants.
Subjects: 
International migration
job search
job turnover
savings
structural estimation
JEL: 
F22
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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