Morgan Raux

phd seminar

Morgan Raux

On cultural barriers to migration: Disentangling wage effects from selection

VC Salle 205

Centre de la Vieille-Charité - Salle 205

Centre de la Vieille Charité
2 rue de la Charité
13002 Marseille

Tuesday, March 28 2017| 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Edward Levavasseur: edward.levavasseur[at]
Lara Vivian: lara.vivian[at]


This paper investigates how cultural barriers relate to labor market outcomes of migrants. I provide evidence that cultural distance between the origin and destination country negatively affects migrants' earnings. To disentangle cultural from language barriers, I focus my analysis on European migrants fluent in the language of their destination country. I address selection issues by comparing these migrants to natives from the European Labor Force Survey. Estimating a Roy model of migration, I conclude that cultural distance decreases the returns to migrants' human capital. Hereby, cultural differences reduce financial incentive to migrate.