Self-selection patterns among return migrants: Mexico 1990-2010

Raymundo M. Campos-Vazquez, Jaime Lara

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Abstract: This paper analyzes the self-selection patterns among Mexican return migrants during the period 1990–2010. To calculate the selection patterns, we nonparametrically estimate the counterfactual wages that the return migrants would have experienced had they never migrated by using the wage structure of stayers. We find evidence that the selection patterns in observable skills change over time from positive selection in 1990 toward negative selection in 2010. Additionally, we observe that the wages of return migrants are larger than those that the migrants would have obtained had they not migrated. JEL Codes: F22, J01, J61, O54

Original languageEnglish
Article number8
JournalIZA Journal of Migration
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2012
Externally publishedYes

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© 2012, Campos-Vazquez and Lara; licensee Springer.

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Demography
  • Anthropology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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