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Immigration and the economic performance of countries

Michael Chletsos and Stelios Roupakias ()

MPRA Paper from University Library of Munich, Germany

Abstract: Using a global dataset of over 100 developed and developing countries, we attempt to identify the nexus between immigration and the economic performance of countries, as proxied by export sophistication. To isolate causal effects, we use instruments obtained from a pseudo-gravity model of bilateral immigration in the spirit of Frankel and Rose (2002). Employing an extensive set of institutional, demographic, climate and disease controls, we find that countries with high immigrant concentrations tend to exhibit lower performance.

Keywords: Immigration; Gravity Model; Instrumental variables; Economic complexity (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C26 F14 F22 O19 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019-07-10
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