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Emigration and democracy

Frédéric Docquier (), Elisabetta Lodigiani, Hillel Rapoport and Maurice Schiff ()

No 1406, CEPREMAP Working Papers (Docweb) from CEPREMAP

Abstract: International migration is an important determinant of institutions, not considered so far in the empirical growth literature. Using cross-section and panel analysis for a large sample of developing countries, we find that openness to emigration (as measured by the general emigration rate) has a positive effect on home-country institutional development (as measured by standard democracy indices). The results are robust to a wide range of specifications and estimation methods. Remarkably, the cross-sectional estimates are fully in line with the implied long-run relationship from dynamic panel regressions.

Keywords: Migration; Institutions; Democracy; Development (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O15 O43 F22 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-dev, nep-int, nep-mig, nep-pol and nep-sog
Date: 2014-02
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