The Return Motivations of Legal Permanent Migrants: Evidence from Exchange Rate Shocks and Immigrants in Australia
Publisher: Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, vol. 144
Dec 01, 2017
- Legal permanent migrants in Australia are motivated to return to their home country by home country conditions.
- A 10% depreciation of a migrant’s home country currency leads to an almost 10% reduced probability that the migrant will return to her home country.
- Migrants seek to optimally time their return, rather than to decide whether to return, on the basis of favorable home country conditions.
- Results are consistent with the story that migrants return home not because they are target-earners, but because of life-cycle considerations.