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Return migration, investment in children, and intergenerational mobility - Comparing sons of foreign- and native-born fathers

Dustmann, C; (2008) Return migration, investment in children, and intergenerational mobility - Comparing sons of foreign- and native-born fathers. J HUM RESOUR , 43 (2) 299 - 324.

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Abstract

This paper studies parental investment in education and intergenerational earnings mobility for father-son pairs with native- and foreign-born fathers. We illustrate within a simple model that for immigrants, investment in their children is related to their return migration probability. In our empirical analysis, we include a measure for return probabilities, based on repeated information about migrants' return intentions. Our results suggest that educational investments in the son are positively associated with a higher probability of a permanent migration of the father. We also find that the son's permanent wages are positively associated with the probability of the father's permanent migration.

Type: Article
Title: Return migration, investment in children, and intergenerational mobility - Comparing sons of foreign- and native-born fathers
Keywords: UNITED-STATES, EDUCATIONAL-ATTAINMENT, INCOME MOBILITY, EARNINGS, IMMIGRANTS, MIGRANTS, WAGES
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Dept of Economics
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/68179
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