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Immigrant Selection in the OECD

Belot, MVK and Hatton, TJ (2012) 'Immigrant Selection in the OECD.' Scandinavian Journal of Economics, 114 (4). 1105 - 1128. ISSN 0347-0520

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In this paper, we examine the determinants of educational selectivity in immigration using immigrant stock data for 70 source countries and 21 OECD destination countries, as observed in the year 2000/2001. We develop a variant of the Roy model to estimate the determinants of educational selectivity. Two key findings emerge. First, the effect of the skill premium, which is at the core of the Roy model, can be observed only after we take into account the poverty constraints operating in the source countries. Second, cultural similarities, colonial legacies, and physical distance are often more important determinants of educational selectivity than wage incentives or selective immigration policy. © The editors of The Scandinavian Journal of Economics 2012.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2013 16:51
Last Modified: 01 Feb 2019 16:15

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