Are Migrant Minorities Strategically Self-Selected?

Posted: 17 May 1999

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Frédéric Docquier

Université catholique de Louvain; CREAM, Centre for Research on Environmental Appraisal & Management, UK; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Hillel Rapoport

Bar-Ilan University - Department of Economics; Stanford University

Abstract

In this paper we focus on the possibility of migrants' self-selection through strategic remittances. We argue that migrants of a specific community might be pooled with migrants from other ethnic minorities on the labor market of the foreign host country and that this could reduce the occurrence of strategic remittances. In a simple model with two types of workers, skilled and unskilled, facing two possible actions, to migrate or not to migrate, we derive the theoretical conditions under which strategic transfers are still operating when pooling among communities is introduced. We then show through numerical illustrations that the case for strategic transfers is rather weak when using realistic values for the main parameters of the model.

JEL Classification: D82, F22, J15, J61

Suggested Citation

Docquier, Frédéric and Rapoport, Hillel, Are Migrant Minorities Strategically Self-Selected?. Journal of Population Economics, Vol. 11, Issue 4, 1998. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=147315

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