Quotation Liebensteiner, Mario. 2012. Estimating the Income Gain of Seasonal Labour Migration.


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In recent years, a new trend of seasonal labour migration from Armenia to Russia has emerged. Based on a novel household survey, this paper analyses how successful seasonal migrants are in increasing their incomes. Applying matching operators allows addressing endogenous self-selection to migration. We identify negative selection based on education, employment and pre-migration income. This is reflected by a premium for low skills in Russia relative to Armenia, luring seasonal migrants into low-skill jobs, mainly in the construction sector. The income gain for a migrant is estimated at $ 480 relative to the approximately $ 50 that the same individual would have earned in Armenia. The results are robust to various matching techniques and specifications.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Working/discussion paper, preprint
Language English
Title Estimating the Income Gain of Seasonal Labour Migration
Year 2012
URL http://www.wifo.ac.at/wwa/jsp/index.jsp?fid=23923&id=44543&typeid=8&display_mode=2

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Liebensteiner, Mario (Former researcher)
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Research Institute for Regulatory Economics FI (Details)
Department of Economics (Weiss) (Details)
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