Immigrant Trip Duration: The Case of Immigrants from Western Mexico1


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    I am indebted to Robert Plotnick, Maz Neiman, Douglas Massey, Jon Sonstelie, Julie DaVanzo, Hans Johnson, and Laura Mameesh for comments on earlier drafts of this paper. I also would like to thank the two referees and the editor of this journal for their constructive comments and suggestions.


This article uses data from the Mexican Migration Project to determine the factors that affect how long Mexican immigrants stay in the United States. Based on the estimates of a discrete-time hazard model, the most important predictors of duration are the economic opportunities for immigrants in the United States, the household resources before migration, and the opportunities available at the immigrant's community of origin. The article also finds longer trip duration after the Immigration Reform and Control Act than in previous years and important differences between male and female migrants.