Income Maximization and the Selection and Sorting of International Migrants

  title={Income Maximization and the Selection and Sorting of International Migrants},
  author={J. Grogger and G. Hanson},
  journal={Labor: Human Capital},
  • J. Grogger, G. Hanson
  • Published 2008
  • Economics
  • Labor: Human Capital
  • Two prominent features of international labor movements are that the more educated are more likely to emigrate (positive selection) and more educated migrants are more likely to settle in destination countries with high rewards to skill (positive sorting). Using data on emigrant stocks by schooling level and source country in OECD destinations, we find that a simple model of income maximization can account for both phenomena. Results on selection show that migrants for a source-destination pair… CONTINUE READING
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