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Return and Dynamics: The Path of Labor Migration when Workers Differ in Their Skills and Information Is Asymmetric

Oded Stark
The Scandinavian Journal of Economics
Vol. 97, No. 1 (Mar., 1995), pp. 55-71
Published by: Wiley on behalf of The Scandinavian Journal of Economics
DOI: 10.2307/3440829
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3440829
Page Count: 17
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Return and Dynamics: The Path of Labor Migration when Workers Differ in Their Skills and Information Is Asymmetric
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Abstract

An implementation of the theory of labor migration under asymmetric information shows that return migration arises from the reinstatement of informational symmetry which induces low-skill workers, who are no longer pooled with high-skill workers, to return. When workers in an occupation constitute more than two skill levels, say four (without loss of generality), the following patterns emerge: Migration is sequential, that is, it proceeds in waves. Each wave breaks into workers who return and workers who stay; within waves the returning migrants are the low-skill workers. The average skill level of migrants is rising in the order of their wave.

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