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Title:Emigration and democracy PDF Logo
Authors:Docquier, Frédéric
Lodigiani, Elisabetta
Rapoport, Hillel
Schiff, Maurice
Issue Date:2011
Series/Report no.:Discussion paper series // Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 5496
Abstract:Migration is an important and yet neglected determinant of institutions. The paper documents the channels through which emigration affects home country institutions and considers dynamic-panel regressions for a large sample of developing countries. We 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 in the short run and for many countries in the long run once incentive effects of emigration on human capital formation are accounted for.
Subjects:migration
institutions
democracy
diaspora effects
brain drain
JEL:O1
F22
Persistent Identifier of the first edition:urn:nbn:de:101:1-201104113695
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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