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The economics of temporary migrations

Dustmann, C; Görlach, JS; (2016) The economics of temporary migrations. Journal of Economic Literature , 54 (1) pp. 98-136. 10.1257/jel.54.1.98. Green open access

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Abstract

Many migrations are temporary-a fact that has often been ignored in the economic literature on migration. Such omission may be serious in that expected migration temporariness can impart a distinct dynamic element to immigrants' economic behavior, generating possible consequences for nonmigrants in both home and host countries. In this paper, we provide a thorough examination of the various aspects of temporary migrations that matter for the analysis of economic phenomena. We demonstrate the extent of temporary migrations in population movements. We show how temporariness can affect the various economic choices and how better data have improved both the measurement of nonpermanent migrations and the analyses of various aspects of migrant behavior. We propose a general theoretical framework for modeling temporary migration decisions, based on which we outline the various motives for temporariness while simultaneously reviewing related literature and available data sources. We discuss the possible consequences of migration temporariness for nonmigrants in both home and host countries. (JEL F22, F24, J11, J61, K37, O15).

Type: Article
Title: The economics of temporary migrations
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1257/jel.54.1.98
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1257/jel.54.1.98
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright 2016 American Economic Association. All rights reserved.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Economics
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1489397
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