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Return Plans and Migrants' Behavior

36 Pages Posted: 8 Aug 2016  

Bastien Chabé-Ferret

Catholic University of Louvain (UCL) - School of Economic and Social Research (IRES)

Joel Machado

Universite du Luxembourg - Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance

Jackline Wahba

University of Southampton - Division of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Abstract

This paper studies how return migration intentions affect immigrants' behavior. Using a unique French data set, we analyze the relationship between return plans and several immigrants' behavior in the host and origin countries addressing the potential endogeneity between return plans and different investment decisions. We also investigate the potential trade-off and complementarities between various immigrants' investment behaviors.We find that temporary migrants are more likely to remit and invest in the country of origin, but less likely to invest in the host country. Moreover, our results show that there is no trade-off between immigrants' investment in the home and in the host country. In turn, we find substantial heterogeneity in behavior across migrants of different origins.

Keywords: temporary migration, return intention, remittances

JEL Classification: F22, F24, D14

Suggested Citation

Chabé-Ferret, Bastien and Machado, Joel and Wahba, Jackline, Return Plans and Migrants' Behavior. IZA Discussion Paper No. 10111. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2819393

Bastien Chabé-Ferret (Contact Author)

Catholic University of Louvain (UCL) - School of Economic and Social Research (IRES) ( email )

3, Place Montesquieu
1348 Louvain-la-Neuve
Belgium

Joel Machado

Universite du Luxembourg - Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance ( email )

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Luxembourg-Limpertsberg, L-1511
Luxembourg

Jackline Wahba

University of Southampton - Division of Economics ( email )

Southampton, SO17 1BJ
United Kingdom
+44 23 8059 3996 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://https://sites.google.com/site/jackiewahba/

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Bonn, D-53072
Germany

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