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A Theory of Migration as a Response to Relative Deprivation

Oded Stark and You Qiang Wang

No 280894, Discussion Papers from University of Bonn, Center for Development Research (ZEF)

Abstract: We model migration as a response to relative deprivation. We present a specific configuration of incomes in which the process of migration in response to relative deprivation reaches a steady state. However, for the general configuration of incomes we show that it is impossible to prove the existence of a steady state. We study the social welfare implications of the two cases and show that if individuals are left to pursue their betterment, the resulting state falls short of the best social outcome. We present several implications of the model including federalism and the demand for secession.

Keywords: Institutional and Behavioral Economics; International Relations/Trade (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2000-03
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DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.280894

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