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A panel study of migration, self-selection and household real income


The impact of migration on income for Swedish multi-adult households is examined using panel data pertaining to a sample of stable household constellations during the period 1980–1990. In contrast to previous studies, data on household disposable income is employed in estimating the income function. The empirical results indicate no significant effect on real disposable income from migration. In addition, the hypothesis of no self-selection, or zero correlation between the errors in the decision function and the income function, cannot be rejected.

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Received: 10 May 1995 / Accepted: 14 August 1996

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Axelsson, R., Westerlund, O. A panel study of migration, self-selection and household real income. J Popul Econ 11, 113–126 (1998).

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  • JEL classification: C33
  • J61
  • R23
  • Key words: Family migration
  • family income
  • self-selection