Identification and Estimation of Economic Models of Outmigration using Panel Attrition

C. Bellemare

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Because their departures are difficultly observed, little is known about the performance of immigrants who leave their adoptive homeland.This paper shows conditions under which the (conditional) outmigration probability, work probability and the expected earnings of outmigrants are nonparametrically identified using data on immigrant sample attrition.We present an econometric model which extracts the information on outmigration behavior from sample attrition and estimate it using data from the German Socio-Economic Panel (GSOEP).Outmigrants are found to have significantly lower labor market earnings and work propensities than permanent migrants.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationTilburg
Number of pages32
Publication statusPublished - 2004

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  • migration
  • immigrants
  • emigration
  • econometric models
  • labour market
  • Germany


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