DP52 On Two Aspects of Post-War Irish Emigration

Author(s): Cormac Ó Gráda
Publication Date: February 1985
Keyword(s): Ireland, Migration
JEL(s): 823
Programme Areas: Human Resources
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Much of the controversy about labour migration concerns an aspect which is not easily measured, the 'quality' of the flow. The first part of the paper applies logit analysis to a sample of emigrants from an Irish border county for some insight on the issue. The results suggest that while those who leave are relatively better educated than their neighbours, kinship variables such as parental attitudes and emigrant sponsors, are also important. The second part of the paper weighs 'life-cycle' losses from post-war Irish migration against receipts from emigrant tourism and remittances. It turns out that these items make a big dent in the losses.