Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/21511
Authors: 
Epstein, Gil S.
Year of Publication: 
2002
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion paper series 445
Abstract: 
We introduce the idea that informational cascades can explain the observed regularity that emigrants from the same locations also tend to choose the same foreign locations. Thus informational cascades generate herd behavior. Herd behavior is compared with the network externalities explanation of the same phenomenon. The relation between social tensions and herd behavior is observed when local populations are xenophobic.
Subjects: 
Migration
informational cascades
herd behavior
xenophobia
network externalities
JEL: 
J61
F22
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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