The Returns to Temporary Migration: The Case of Italian Ph.D.s

32 Pages Posted: 5 Jul 2016

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Marco Di Cintio

University of Salento - Department of Economics and Mathematics and Statistics

Emanuele Grassi

University of Salento - Dipartimento di Scienze dell'Economia

Date Written: July 4, 2016

Abstract

This paper examines the implications of temporary migration episodes for two cohorts of Italian Ph.D.s. Special attention is given to the duration of experience abroad, its contribution to earned wages and the selectivity of returnees. After controlling for the endogeneity of both the migration decision and the length of stay abroad, we find positive returns to longer periods abroad and negative returns to shorter periods. Returnees are also found to be positively self-selected. The results are confirmed in several robustness and sensitivity checks.

Keywords: skilled migration, return migration, migration premium, self-selection

JEL Classification: J3, J61, F22

Suggested Citation

Di Cintio, Marco and Grassi, Emanuele, The Returns to Temporary Migration: The Case of Italian Ph.D.s (July 4, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2804579 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2804579

Marco Di Cintio

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Emanuele Grassi (Contact Author)

University of Salento - Dipartimento di Scienze dell'Economia ( email )

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