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May 4, 2022

SOEP Brown Bag Seminar

Intergenerational Returns to Migration: Evidence from Italian Immigrants Worldwide


May 4, 2022


Francine D. Blau Room
DIW Berlin
Room 3.3.002b
Mohrenstraße 58
10117 Berlin


Chiara Malavasi, Centre for European Economic Research - ZEW, University of Mannheim
Using a unique administrative dataset on Italians living abroad, we estimate the effect of parental migration on the education, employment and income opportunities of descendants in the host country. We compare Italian second-generation immigrants with Italians residing in Italy having similar observable characteristics, such as age, sex, Italian region of origin and parental background, and also account for self-selection on unobservable characteristics by applying a multinomial selection bias correction framework. We find positive but heterogeneous returns to migration across destination countries. We document higher returns in terms of estimated income than education, and observe important gender differences in occupational and income returns. Finally, we investigate the association between the estimated returns and certain characteristics of the host country’s education system and labour market.