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Emigration and Democracy

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

No 2015:31, Working Papers from Department of Economics, University of Venice "Ca' Foscari"

Abstract: International migration is an important determinant of institutions, not considered so far in the development literature. Using cross-section and panel analysis for a large sample of developing countries, we find that openness to emigration (as measured by the natives� average emigration rate) 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)
JEL-codes: O15 O43 F22 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-mig and nep-pol
Date: 2015
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