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International emigrant selection on occupational skills / Alexander Patt (Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt), Jens Ruhose (Leibniz Universität Hannover and IZA), Simon Wiederhold (Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, ifo Institute and CESifo), Miguel Flores (EGAP Tecnológico de Monterrey) ; IZA Institute of Labor Economics
VerfasserPatt, Alexander In der Gemeinsamen Normdatei der DNB nachschlagen ; Ruhose, Jens In der Gemeinsamen Normdatei der DNB nachschlagen ; Wiederhold, Simon In der Gemeinsamen Normdatei der DNB nachschlagen ; Flores, Miguel
KörperschaftForschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit In der Gemeinsamen Normdatei der DNB nachschlagen
ErschienenBonn, Germany : IZA Institute of Labor Economics, June 2017
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SerieDiscussion paper ; no. 10837
URNurn:nbn:de:hbz:5:2-127121 Persistent Identifier (URN)
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We present the first evidence that international emigrant selection on education and earnings materializes through occupational skills. Combining novel data from a representative Mexican task survey with rich individual-level worker data, we find that Mexican migrants to the United States have higher manual skills and lower cognitive skills than non-migrants. Conditional on occupational skills, education and earnings no longer predict migration decisions. Differential labor-market returns to occupational skills explain the observed selection pattern and significantly outperform previously used returns-to-skills measures in predicting migration. Results are persistent over time and hold within narrowly defined regional, sectoral, and occupational labor markets.