Dr. Clotilde Mahé

Essays on Migration and Occupational Choice

Year: 2018

Wim Naudé and Melissa Siegel


Motivated by the growing interest in migration as an economic and social phenomenon, this thesis explores several aspects of the relationship between migration and occupational choice. Consisting of four self-contained essays, findings suggest that, while migration might develop entrepreneurial abilities, self-employment tends to be more of a temporary choice when market-supporting institutions are lacking. Turning to those who stay behind, the return of migrant household members appears to alter the time allocation of non-migrating members, spouses, even once migration is complete. Last, publicly provided healthcare is shown to condition migration, directly or indirectly, through effects on the labour force.

Selected publications by Clotilde Mahé

UNU-MERIT Working Papers
Mahé, Clotilde , 2017, Does publicly provided health care affect migration? Evidence from Mexico, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2017-049
Mahé, Clotilde , 2017, Occupational choice of return migrants: Is there a 'Jack-of-all-trades' effect?, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2017-039
Mahé, Clotilde , 2017, Husbands' return migration and wives' occupational choices, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2017-031
Mahé, Clotilde , 2016, Skills and entrepreneurship: Are return migrants 'Jacks-of-all-trades'?, An updated version of this paper has been published as #2017-039 Occupational choice of return migrants: Is there a 'Jack-of-all-trades' effect?, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2016-071
Mahé, Clotilde & Wim Naudé, 2016, Migration, occupation and education: Evidence from Ghana, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2016-018

External working papers
Mahé, Clotilde , Wim Naudé & Tilman Brück, 2018, Return migration and self-employment: Evidence from Kyrgyzstan, IZA Discussion Paper No. 11332, More information

Research reports
Marchand, Katrin, Veronika Fajth, Zachary Strain, Clotilde Mahé & Melissa Siegel, 2019, Patterns of Migration in the European Union, H2020 REMINDER Working Paper, More information

Mahé, Clotilde , 2018, Essays on Migration and Occupational Choice, PhD dissertation Maastricht University / United Nations University

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