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Returns to migration, education and externalities in the European Union

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Vassilis Tselios


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This paper uses microeconomic data for more than 100,000 European individuals in order to analyse whether the individual economic returns to education vary between migrants and non-migrants and whether any differences in earnings between these two groups are affected by household and/or geographical (regional and interregional) externalities. The results point out that while education is a fundamental determinant of earnings, European labour markets do not discriminate in the returns to education between migrants and non-migrants. Household, regional and supra-regional externalities influence the economic returns to education in a similar way for local, intranational and supra-national migrants. The results are robust to the introduction of a large number of individual, household and regional controls.

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Author(s): Rodriguez-Pose A, Tselios V

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Papers in Regional Science

Year: 2010

Volume: 89

Issue: 2

Pages: 411-434

Print publication date: 01/06/2010

ISSN (print): 1056-8190

ISSN (electronic): 1435-5957

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell


DOI: 10.1111/j.1435-5957.2010.00297.x


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