Date of Submission

Spring 2014

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Project Advisor 1

Aniruddha Mitra

Abstract/Artist's Statement

Using World Bank Microdata from a 2009 migration and remittances household survey, this study conducts a simple statistical sample analysis to investigate the relevant determinants of self-employment in the case of Nigerian return migrants. Previous literature on the migration-return-development nexus has found return migrants to be more often self-employed than their non-migrant counterparts, thus identifying their potential to create jobs and make productive investments in their home communities upon return. For policies seeking to encourage such entrepreneurship to be effective, an understanding of the context-specific determinants of the self-employment decision is important. The study finds that migration duration, previous self-employment experience, and various conditions of return are positive and statistically significant determinants of self-employment for Nigerian returnees.

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