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Emigration and democracy

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

No 5557, Policy Research Working Paper Series from The World Bank

Abstract: Migration is an important yet neglected determinant of institutions. This paper documents the channels through which emigration affects home country institutions and considers dynamic-panel regressions for a large sample of developing countries. The authors 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 and for many countries once incentive effects of emigration on human capital formation are accounted for.

Keywords: Population Policies; Economic Theory&Research; International Migration; Human Migrations&Resettlements; Voluntary and Involuntary Resettlement (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2011-02-01
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