Ruhr Economic Papers
Ruhr Economic Papers #614
Social Status and Public Expectations: Self-Selection of High-Skilled Migrants
by Christian Lumpe, Claudia Lumpe and Jürgen Meckl
RWI, 04/2016, 24 S./p., 8 Euro, ISBN 978-3-86788-711-3 DOI: 10.4419/86788711download
We analyze public expectations about migrants’ provision of work effort as a driving force in the self-selection process of high-skilled migrants. We adopt and extend Piketty’s (1998) theoretical framework of social status and work out how country-specific public expectations affect the migrants’ choice about their country of destination. As a result, we relate Germany’s attested low attractiveness for high-skilled immigrants to its society’s attitudes towards immigrants. We develop measures to increase Germany’s attractiveness in the competition about talents.
Keywords: Immigration; social status