Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/119396
Authors: 
Cho, Seo-Young
Year of Publication: 
2012
Series/Report no.: 
Economics of Security Working Paper 70
Abstract: 
This study aims to identify robust push and pull factors of human trafficking. I test for the robustness of 78 push and 67 pull factors suggested in the literature. By employing an extreme bound analysis, running more than two million regressions with all possible combinations of variables for up to 180 countries during the period of 1995-2010, I show that crime prevalence robustly explains human trafficking prevalence both in destination and origin countries. My finding also implies that a low level of gender equality and development may have constraining effects on human trafficking outflows, contrary to expectations. The linkage between migration and human trafficking is less clear, and institutional quality matters more in origin countries than destinations.
Subjects: 
Human trafficking
push and pull factors
robustness
extreme bound analysis
JEL: 
F22
J16
J61
O15
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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