Across the Sea to Ireland: Return Atlantic Migration before the First World War

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Title: Across the Sea to Ireland: Return Atlantic Migration before the First World War
Authors: Fernihough, Alan
Editors: Ó Gráda, Cormac
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Date: Nov-2019
Online since: 2019-12-09T14:53:46Z
Abstract: Are return migrants 'losers' who fail to adapt to the challenges of the host economy, and thereby exacerbate the brain drain linked to emigration? Or are they 'winners' whose return enhances the human and physical capital of the home country? These questions are the subject of a burgeoning literature. This paper analyzes a new database culled from the 1911 Irish population census to address these issues for returnees to Ireland from North America more than a century ago. The evidence suggests that those who returned had the edge over the population as a whole in terms of human capital, if not also over those who remained abroad.
Type of material: Working Paper
Publisher: University College Dublin. School of Economics
Start page: 1
End page: 35
Series/Report no.: UCD Centre for Economic Research Working Paper Series; WP2019/29
Copyright (published version): 2019 the Authors
Keywords: MigrationBrain gainEconomic historyIreland
Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Economics Working Papers & Policy Papers

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