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This study focuses on re-migration, where individuals return to their place of birth after living in a new location for several years. Puerto Rican male householders, born in Puerto Rico but residing on the U.S. mainland and re-migrating to Puerto Rico, is the sample for fitting a hazard rate model of re-migration. We find a strong quadratic effect of an individual's age on his hazard rate. Also, males having English proficiency, less schooling, and working disability are less likely to re-migrate. A higher predicted job growth rate for Puerto Rico (U.S. mainland) and unemployment rate for the mainland (Puerto Rico) have positive (negative) effects on the hazard rate. The hazard rate is negatively related to the Puerto Rican real minimum wage.

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