Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/72257
Authors: 
Stark, Oded
Year of Publication: 
2005
Series/Report no.: 
Reihe Ökonomie / Economics Series, Institut für Höhere Studien (IHS) 178
Abstract: 
We provide an analytical-behavioral explanation for the observed positive relationship between income inequality, as measured by the Gini coefficient, and the incentive to migrate. We show that a higher total relative deprivation of a population leads to a stronger incentive to engage in migration for a given level of a population's income; that total relative deprivation is positively related to the Gini coefficient; and that, consequently, the Gini coefficient and migration are positively correlated, holding the population's income constant.
Subjects: 
income inequality
relative deprivation
the Gini coefficient
the incentive to migrate
JEL: 
A13
A14
D31
D63
F22
J61
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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