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Remittances, migrants' education and immigration policy: Theory and evidence from bilateral data

Frédéric Docquier (), Hillel Rapoport and Sara Salomone ()

Regional Science and Urban Economics, 2012, vol. 42, issue 5, 817-828

Abstract: We investigate the relationship between remittances and migrants' education both theoretically and empirically, using original bilateral remittance data. At a theoretical level we lay out a model of remittances interacting migrants' human capital with two dimensions of immigration policy: restrictiveness, and selectivity. The model predicts that the relationship between remittances and migrants' education is ambiguous and depends on the immigration policy conducted at destination. The effect of education is more likely to be positive when the immigration policy is more restrictive and less skill-selective. These predictions are then tested empirically using bilateral remittance and migration data and proxy measures for the restrictiveness and selectivity of immigration policies at destination. The results strongly support the theoretical analysis, suggesting that immigration policies determine the sign and magnitude of the relationship between remittances and migrants' education.

Keywords: Remittances; Migration; Brain drain; Immigration policy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F24 F22 O15 J61 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2012
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