nep-mig New Economics Papers
on Economics of Human Migration
Issue of 2013‒02‒08
five papers chosen by
Yuji Tamura
Australian National University

  1. The Value of Climate Amenities: Evidence from US Migration Decisions By Paramita Sinha; Maureen L. Cropper
  2. Temporary Migration : A Review of the literature By Cora Leonie Mezger Kveder
  3. The Role of Expectations: An Application to Internal Migration By Robert Baumann; Justin Svec; Francis Sanzari
  4. Intertemporal remittance behaviour by immigrants in Germany By Giulia Bettin; Riccardo Lucchetti
  5. Is Smoking Behavior Culturally Determined?: Evidence from British Immigrants By Rebekka Christopoulou; Dean R. Lillard

  1. By: Paramita Sinha; Maureen L. Cropper
    Abstract: We value climate amenities by estimating a discrete location choice model for households that changed metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) between 1995 and 2000. The utility of each MSA depends on location-specific amenities, earnings opportunities, housing costs, and the cost of moving to the MSA from the household’s 1995 location. We use the estimated trade-off between wages and climate amenities to value changes in mean winter and summer temperatures. At median temperatures for 1970 to 2000, a 1°F increase in winter temperature is worth less than a 1° decrease in summer temperature; however, the reverse is true at winter temperatures below 25°F. These results imply an average welfare loss of 2.7 percent of household income in 2020 to 2050 under the B1 (climate-friendly) scenario from the special report on emissions scenarios (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 2000), although some cities in the Northeast and Midwest benefit. Under the A2 (more extreme) scenario, households in 25 of 26 cities suffer an average welfare loss equal to 5 percent of income.
    JEL: Q5 Q51
    Date: 2013–02
  2. By: Cora Leonie Mezger Kveder (Ined)
    Abstract: Over the last decade, a growing body of theoretical and empirical research has attempted to uncover the mechanisms behind return migration, as well as theconsequences for the migrant and her immediate personal network (household, community), the destination and the origin countries. This article providesa review of the return migration literature, focusing primarily on the microlevel perspective of migrants and their households. A typology of temporarymigration is presented and return migration is placed among other types of non-permanent migratory moves. Dierent approaches have been proposed bythe literature with regard to the identication and measurement of returnees. Finally, the theoretical literature and a selection of empirical ndings on determinants, timing, selectivity as well as consequences of return migration aresummarized and discussed.
    Date: 2013
  3. By: Robert Baumann (Department of Economics, College of the Holy Cross); Justin Svec (Department of Economics, College of the Holy Cross); Francis Sanzari
    Abstract: This paper examines the impact of unemployment on migration. In a theoretical model, we show that unemployment, per se, does not affect migration. Rather, migration only occurs when unemployment shocks force residents to update their expectations of the area's unemployment rate. Once these expectations change, migration reallocates labor to bring the economy back to equilibrium. To test this theory, we devise an empirical strategy using state level data in the U.S. from 2000 to 2010, we find strong empirical evidence that unemployment shocks outside of expectations have a far greater impact on migration than unemployment shocks that are within expectations.
    Keywords: Migration, unemployment, expectations
    JEL: R23 J61 D8
    Date: 2012–12
  4. By: Giulia Bettin (Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWI), Germany); Riccardo Lucchetti (Universit… Politecnica delle Marche, Department of Economics)
    Abstract: In this paper, we use data from the German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) in the 1997-2009 period for a large sample of migrants from 84 countries in order to develop an empirical model for the propensity by migrants to remit. Our model takes into full account the intertemporal aspects of the problem, which has been ignored by a large part of the applied literature, despite its theoretical and empirical importance. We find that most results already established in the empirical literature are confirmed; however, the intertemporal nature of the remittance behaviour emerges very clearly, giving rise to individual patterns which are difficult to synthesize by a simple description. Building on our framework, we find also support for theoretical models which predict different remittance time paths between return and permanent migrants.
    Keywords: German Socio Economic Panel, Migration, Remittances
    JEL: F22 F24
    Date: 2012–10
  5. By: Rebekka Christopoulou; Dean R. Lillard
    Abstract: We exploit migration patterns from the UK to Australia, South Africa, and the US to investigate whether a person's decision to smoke is determined by culture. For each country, we use retrospective data to describe individual smoking trajectories over the life-course. For the UK, we use these trajectories to measure culture by cohort and cohort-age, and more accurately relative to the extant literature. Our proxy predicts smoking participation of second-generation British immigrants but not that of non-British immigrants and natives. Researchers can apply our strategy to estimate culture effects on other outcomes when retrospective or longitudinal data are available.
    Keywords: Culture, Immigrant health, Smoking
    JEL: Z10 J15 I10
    Date: 2013

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