Beyond experience and capital. Is there a return to return migration?

Sami Bensassi*, Liza Jabbour

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This paper explores the effect of return migration on the performance of Egyptian household firms. A growing body of evidence suggests that return migrants are more likely to become and remain entrepreneurs. The length of the migration spell and the experience and capital accumulated overseas may influence the ability of return migrants to establish and successfully manage their firms. We expand this literature by examining the impact of return migrants on the net earnings of the business units they manage. Our findings suggest that migration alone is not sufficient to enhance the performance of entrepreneurial activities. However, industry-specific human capital accumulated abroad has a significant impact on net earnings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-22
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Development Studies
Early online date28 Oct 2021
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 28 Oct 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Economic Research Forum (ERF) for this work, as part of its project “The use of online harmonized household survey data”. The authors are solely responsible for the views expressed in this paper.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.


  • Egypt
  • household firms
  • Return migration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development


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