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The Effect of Labor Migration on the Diffusion of Democracy: Evidence from a Former Soviet Republic

Hillel Rapoport, Andreas Steinmayr (), Christoph Trebesch () and Toman Omar Mahmoud
Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Toman Barsbai

No 1320, CReAM Discussion Paper Series from Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM), Department of Economics, University College London

Abstract: Migration contributes to the circulation of goods, knowledge, and ideas. Using community and individual-level data from Moldova, we show that the emigration episode that started in the late 1990s strongly affected political preferences and electoral outcomes in Moldova during the following decade and was eventually instrumental in bringing down the last ruling Communist government in Europe. Our results are suggestive of information transmission and cultural diffusion channels. Identification relies on the quasi-experimental context studied and on the differential effects arising from the fact that emigration was directed both to more democratic Western Europe and to less democratic Russia.

Keywords: Emigration; political institutions; elections; social networks; information transmission; cultural diffusion (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F22 D72 O1 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2013-09
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