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Migrant networks: Empirical Implications for the Italian Bilateral Trade

Marina Murat () and Barbara Pistoresi ()

Center for Economic Research (RECent) from University of Modena and Reggio E., Dept. of Economics "Marco Biagi"

Abstract: A significant number of empirical studies, focusing on different countries, have found a positive link between migration and trade. This paper studies the relationship between emigration, immigration and trade using Italian data. The sample regards 51 foreign trading partners and spans from 1990 to 2005. The results suggest that: networks of Italian emigrants in foreign countries boost bilateral trade. The effects of immigrants are weak, on exports, or negative, on imports. Results do not change when the cultural and institutional dissimilarities between countries are considered.

Keywords: International Migration; Italian Bilateral Trade (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F10 F22 F23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-eec, nep-int, nep-mig, nep-opm and nep-soc
Date: 2007-09
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