We estimate the impact of spatial mobility on job match quality by using a data set of recent Dutch university and college graduates We find positive wage returns related to spatial mobility. However, after controlling for the self-selection of migrants with an IV approach, this effect is no longer significant. We also find that, for our alternative job-match measures, where there is evidence of migrant self-selection, controlling for self-selection strongly reduces the effect of spatial mobility on job match quality. In some cases, the returns on spatial mobility are found to be negative, which may signal forced spatial mobility.
Venhorst, V., & Cörvers, F. (2015). Entry into working life: Spatial mobility and the job match quality of higher-educated graduates. ROA. ROA Research Memoranda, No. 003 https://doi.org/10.26481/umaror.2015003