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    The psychic costs of migration: evidence from Irish return migrants


    Barrett, Alan and Mosca, Irene (2013) The psychic costs of migration: evidence from Irish return migrants. Journal of Population Economics, 26 (2). pp. 483-506. ISSN 0933-1433

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    Abstract

    Within the economics literature, the 'psychic costs' of migration have been incorporated into theoretical models since Sjaastad (J Polit Econ 70:80 93, 1962). However, the existence of such costs has rarely been investigated in empirical papers. In this paper, we look at the psychic costs of migration by using alcohol problems as an indicator. Rather than comparing immigrants and natives, we look at the native-born in a single country and compare those who have lived away for a period of their lives and those who have not. We use data from the first wave of the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing which is a large, nationally representative sample of older Irish adults. We find that men who lived away are more likely to have suffered from alcohol problems than men who stayed. For women, we again see a higher incidence of alcohol problems for short-term migrants. However, long-term female migrants are less likely to have suffered from alcohol problems. For these women, it seems that migration provided psychic benefits, and this is consistent with findings from

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Return migrants; Older adults; Alcoholism;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics, Finance and Accounting
    Item ID: 11389
    Depositing User: Irene Mosca
    Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2019 16:07
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Population Economics
    Publisher: Springer Verlag
    Refereed: Yes
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