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Submitted by Paul on

If people who actually receive job offers commonly reject them, doesn't revealed preference suggest the experienced gains to migration aren't as large as your priors suggest? Obviously the income gains are high, but maybe they don't outweigh the cost of being away from family, the risk of being exploited or being unsuccessful, or some other administrative costs that you haven't thought to measure. If given all the information, people have the opportunity to migrate and choose not to, it's not so obvious that the goal of policy should be to get them to migrate.