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On the selectivity of migration in international flows: evidence from Sweden
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

I assess the selectivity of Swedish migration flows in relation to economic migration theory, and the Borjas-Roy model in particular. This model predicts a net outflow of human capital from Sweden, given the relatively compressed wage structure and high taxes in this country. The selection of Swedish immigration and emigration is identified and analyzed, with a focus on educational levels, and possible consequences discussed. Data from Statistics Sweden covering educational levels of all migrants between 1990-2011 is used and a calculation of the distribution of education is made. Results show that both immigration--‐ and emigration flows are positively selected in comparison to the Swedish population and with very similar distributions. An analysis of return migration reveals, contary to the theoretical predictions, that Sweden is a large net recipient of highly educated immigrants.

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Migration, International mobility, Selectivity, Roy Model, Return Migration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-197574OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-197574DiVA: diva2:613500
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2013-03-28 Created: 2013-03-28 Last updated: 2013-03-28Bibliographically approved

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