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Migration flows: Political Economy of Migration and the Empirical Challenges

Kevin O'Rourke () and Richard Sinnott

The Institute for International Integration Studies Discussion Paper Series from IIIS

Abstract: Immigration barriers began being erected in the New World in the late 19th century. They were motivated by fears that the immigration of unskilled workers would increase inequality. Controlling for economic factors, there appears to have been little independent role for factorssuch as racism or xenophobia in driving the retreat from liberal migration policies. A statistical analysis of individual voter attitudes towards immigration in the late 20th century leads to somewhat different conclusions: nationalism is strongly associated with more hostile attitudes towards immigrants. Heckscher-Ohlin theory and the Borjas theory of immigrant self-selection also help explain individual voter attitudes.

Keywords: immigration; political economy; nationalism; Heckscher-Ohlin theory; self-selection download paper (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2003-07-01
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