Networks and Selection in International Migration to Spain
Marcel Smolka () and
No 1306, Discussion Papers of DIW Berlin from DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research
This paper provides new evidence on migrant networks as determinants of the total size (scale) and skill structure of migration, using aggregate data from a recent migration boom to Spain. We draw upon McFadden (1984, 1422-1428) in order to develop and apply a three-level nested multinomial logit migration model. Our model accommodates varying degrees of similarity of destinations located in the same region (or the same country), allowing for a rich structure of substitutability across alternative destinations. We find strong positive network effects on the scale of migration and a strong negative effect on the ratio of high-skilled to low-skilled migrants. Simplifying restrictions on substitutability across destinations are rejected by the data.
Keywords: international migration; migrant networks; nested multinomial logit model; skill structure of migration; Spain (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F22 J61 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Journal Article: NETWORKS AND SELECTION IN INTERNATIONAL MIGRATION TO SPAIN (2017)
Working Paper: Networks and Selection in International Migration to Spain (2015)
Working Paper: Networks and Selection in International Migration to Spain (2012)
Working Paper: Networks and selection in international migration to Spain (2012)
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