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Title:Climatic factors as determinants of international migration PDF Logo
Authors:Beine, Michel
Parsons, Christopher
Issue Date:2012
Series/Report no.:CESifo working paper: Energy and Climate Economics 3747
Abstract:We examine environmental factors as potential determinants of international migration. We distinguish between unexpected short-run factors, captured by natural disasters, as well as long-run climate change and climate variability. Building on a simple neo-classical model we use a panel dataset of bilateral migration flows for the period 1960-2000, the time and dyadic dimensions of which additionally allow us to control for numerous time-varying and time invariant factors. As a whole, we find little direct impact of climatic change on international migration in the medium to long run across our entire sample. Using the rate of urbanization as a proxy for internal migration we find strong evidence that natural disasters beget greater flows of migrants to urban environs.
Subjects:international migration
climate change
natural disasters
income maximization
JEL:F22
O15
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:CESifo Working Papers, CESifo Group Munich

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