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Emigration and democracy

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

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Abstract: International migration is an important determinant of institutions, not considered so far in the development literature. Using cross-sectional and panel estimation for a large sample of developing countries, we find that openness to emigration 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 identification 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)
Date: 2016-05
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Published in Journal of Development Economics, Elsevier, 2016, 120, pp.209-223. ⟨10.1016/j.jdeveco.2015.12.001⟩

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