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CEP Discussion Paper
Self-Selection and the Performance of Return Migrants: the Source Country Perspective.
Matloob Piracha and Augustin de Coulon July 2003
Paper No' CEPDP0576:
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JEL Classification: F22;J61


Tags: migration; self-selection; albania

In this paper, using the framework of a Roy theoretical model, we examine the performance of return migrants in Albania. We ask two main questions: (i) Had they chosen not to migrate, what would be the performance of return migrants compared to the non-migrants? and (ii) What would be the performance of non-migrants had they decided to migrate and return? Both our estimates from a selection model and our semi-parametric approach allow us to conclude that the flows of return migrants are negatively selected. We find that, had they decided to migrate and come back, the non-migrants would have earned more than twice the wages of return migrants.