Immigrant Selection in the OECD

Michèle Belot, Timothy Hatton

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    In this paper, we examine the determinants of educational selectivity in immigration using immigrant stock data for 70 source countries and 21 OECD destination countries, as observed in the year 2000/2001. We develop a variant of the Roy model to estimate the determinants of educational selectivity. Two key findings emerge. First, the effect of the skill premium, which is at the core of the Roy model, can be observed only after we take into account the poverty constraints operating in the source countries. Second, cultural similarities, colonial legacies, and physical distance are often more important determinants of educational selectivity than wage incentives or selective immigration policy.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1105-1128
    JournalScandinavian Journal of Economics
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2012


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