Quotation Liebensteiner, Mario. 2012. Estimating the Income Gain of Seasonal Labor Migration. Annual Meeting of the Austrian Economic Association (NOeG), Wien, Österreich, 18.05.-19.05..




Male seasonal labor migration has become an increasing phenomenon globally and particularly for Armenia. This study finds that the monthly income gains for seasonal migrants from Armenia to Russia are about 960 percent relative to only US$50 in the case of non-migration. Thereby, individual panel data based on a novel household survey allow controlling for a variety of socio-economic characteristics. Matching estimators address potential endogenous self-selection into migration. We identify negative selection based on education, employment and pre-migration income. This is reflected by a premium for low skills in Russia relative to Armenia, luring seasonal migrants into low-skill jobs, mainly in the construction sector. The results identify seasonal labor migration as an attractive opportunity to escape unemployment, especially for the unskilled labor force. Therefore, it has become an increasingly important source of income for households (through remittances) from low income countries and helps eradicating poverty.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Paper presented at an academic conference or symposium
Language English
Title Estimating the Income Gain of Seasonal Labor Migration
Event Annual Meeting of the Austrian Economic Association (NOeG)
Year 2012
Date 18.05.-19.05.
Country Austria
Location Wien
URL http://noeg2012.econ.tuwien.ac.at/


Liebensteiner, Mario (Former researcher)
Research Institute for Regulatory Economics FI (Details)
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