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Title:Do migrants improve governance at home? Evidence from a voting experiment PDF Logo
Authors:Batista, Cátia
Vicente, Pedro C.
Issue Date:2010
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion Papers 4688
Abstract:This paper tests the hypothesis that international migration experiences may promote better institutions at home by raising the demand for political accountability. In order to examine this question, we use a simple postcard voting experiment designed to capture the population's desire for better governance. Using data from a tailored household survey, we examine the determinants of voting behavior in our experiment, and isolate the positive effect of international emigration on the demand for political accountability. We find that this effect can be mainly attributed to the presence of return migrants, particularly to those who emigrated to countries with better governance.
Subjects:International migration
governance
political accountability
institutions
effects of emigration in origin countries
household survey
Cape Verde
Sub-Saharan Africa
JEL:F22
O12
O15
O43
P16
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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