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Networks in the Diaspora

Gil Epstein () and Odelia Heizler (Cohen)
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Odelia Heizler (Cohen): Tel-Aviv_Yaffo Academic College

No 389, Development Working Papers from Centro Studi Luca d'Agliano, University of Milano

Abstract: In this paper, we examine possible types of network formation among immigrants in the diaspora and between those immigrants and the locals in different countries. We present the model by considering different possible interactions between immigrants and the new society in their host country. Spread of migrants from the same origin in the diaspora may well increase international trade between the different countries, depending on the types of networks formed. We present possible applications of network structure on the country of origin, such as on international trade. We find that when the size of the diaspora is sufficiently large, the natives in the different countries will be willing to bear the linking cost with the immigrants because the possible benefits increase with increasing size of the diaspora.

Keywords: Immigrants; Networks; Diaspora (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D85 D74 J61 L14 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-gth, nep-int, nep-pr~, nep-lab, nep-mig, nep-soc and nep-ure
Date: 2016-05-09
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