Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/229645
Authors: 
Barsbai, Toman
Rapoport, Hillel
Steinmayr, Andreas
Trebesch, Christoph
Year of Publication: 
2017
Citation: 
[Journal:] American Economic Journal: Applied Economics [ISSN:] 1945-7790 [Volume:] 9 [Issue:] 3 [Pages:] 36-69
Abstract: 
Migration contributes to the circulation of goods, knowledge, and ideas. Using community and individual-level data from Moldova, we show that the emigration wave that started in the aftermath of the Russian crisis of 1998 strongly affected electoral outcomes and political preferences in Moldova during the following decade, eventually contributing to the fall of the last Communist government in Europe. Our results are suggestive of information transmission and cultural diffusion channels. Identification relies on the quasi-experimental context and on the differential effects arising from the fact that emigration was directed both to more democratic Western Europe and to less democratic Russia.
JEL: 
D72
D83
F22
P23
P26
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Document Type: 
Article
Document Version: 
Published Version

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