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Immigrants' earnings growth and return migration from the U.S.

by Akee, Randall
Authors: Jones, Maggie R. Series: NBER working paper series . 25639 Published by : NBER (Cambridge) Physical details: 53 p. Subject(s): Sociologia económica | Imigrantes | Mercado de trabalho | Competências | Determinação do salário | Estatística | EUA Year: 2019
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Using a novel panel data set of recent immigrants to the U.S. (2005–2007) from individual-level linked U.S. Census Bureau survey data and Internal Revenue Service administrative records, we identify the determinants of return migration and earnings assimilation. We show that by 10 years after arrival almost 40 percent have return migrated. We show, for the first time, that return migrants experience downward earnings mobility over two to three years prior to their return migration. This finding suggests that economic shocks are closely related to emigration decisions. As a result, standard calculations of immigrants earnings growth may be understated.

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