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Emigration and democracy

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

No P90, Working Papers from FERDI

Abstract: Migration is an important and yet neglected determinant of institutions.This paper investigates the effect of emigration on the quality of home-country institutions. Using consider cross-sectional as well as dynamic-panel regressions 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 the quality of institutions (as measured by standard democracy and economic freedom indices) in the migrants’ home countries. The results are robust to a wide range of specifications and estimation methods.

JEL-codes: O1 F22 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014-02
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