Emigration and the Age Profile of Retirement Among Immigrants

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IZA Seminar

Place: Schaumburg-Lippe-Str. 9, 53113 Bonn

Date: 09.06.2009, 12:15 - 13:30


Presentation by 

Steven Stillman (Free University of Bozen/Bolzano)


We analyze the relationship between immigrants’ retirement status and their likelihood of emigration. Our simple theoretical model illustrates that under reasonable conditions the probability of return migration is maximized at retirement. Estimation of the determinants of retirement status demonstrates that immigrants are more likely to be retired than are the native born. Moreover there is a negative relationship between the propensity to be retired and the return migration rate of one’s fellow countrymen. This link is strongest for those individuals who are at (or near) retirement age and among those with the highest cost of return migration.

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