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dc.contributor.authorBauer, Thomas K.en_US
dc.contributor.authorEpstein, Gil S.en_US
dc.contributor.authorGang, Ira N.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2009-01-28T16:21:51Z-
dc.date.available2009-01-28T16:21:51Z-
dc.date.issued2002en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/21377-
dc.description.abstractThis paper addresses the question: Why and where do immigrants cluster? We examine the relative importance and interaction of two alternative explanations of immigrant clustering: (1) network externalities and (2) herd behavior. We advance the theory by presenting a framework encompassing both network and herd effects, and by delineating various types of network and herd effects in our empirical work. In order to distinguish between herd and network externalities, we use the Mexican Migration Project data. Our empirical results show that both network externalities and herds have significant effects on the migrant?s decision of where to migrate. Moreover, the significance and size of the effects vary according to the legal status of the migrant and whether the migrant is a ?new? or a ?repeat? migrant. The network-externality effect has an inverse U shape, not simply a linear positive effect as often presented in the literature. Neglecting herds and/or networks, or the inverse U shape of network effects leads to faulty conclusions about migrant behavior.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesIZA Discussion paper series 551en_US
dc.subject.jelJ61en_US
dc.subject.jelF22en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordherd effectsen_US
dc.subject.keywordnetworksen_US
dc.subject.keywordimmigrationen_US
dc.subject.keywordlocation choiceen_US
dc.subject.stwMexikaneren_US
dc.subject.stwMigrantenen_US
dc.subject.stwWohnstandorten_US
dc.subject.stwVereinigte Staatenen_US
dc.titleHerd Effects or Migration Networks? The Location Choice of Mexican Immigrants in the U.S.en_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn619937734en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungen-
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