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Emigration and Democracy

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

No 5496, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: Migration is an important and yet neglected determinant of institutions. The paper documents the channels through which emigration affects home country institutions and considers dynamic-panel regressions for a large sample of developing countries. We find that emigration and human capital both increase democracy and economic freedom. This implies that unskilled (skilled) emigration has a positive (ambiguous) impact on institutional quality. Simulations show an impact of skilled emigration that is generally positive, significant for a few countries in the short run and for many countries in the long run once incentive effects of emigration on human capital formation are accounted for.

Keywords: institutions; democracy; diaspora effects; migration; brain drain (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O1 F22 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-mig and nep-soc
Date: 2011-02
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