Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/77090
Authors: 
Neubecker, Nina
Smolka, Marcel
Steinbacher, Anne
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
DIW Discussion Papers 1306
Abstract: 
This paper provides new evidence on migrant networks as determinants of the total size (scale) and skill structure of migration, using aggregate data from a recent migration boom to Spain. We draw upon McFadden (1984, 1422-1428) in order to develop and apply a three-level nested multinomial logit migration model. Our model accommodates varying degrees of similarity of destinations located in the same region (or the same country), allowing for a rich structure of substitutability across alternative destinations. We find strong positive network effects on the scale of migration and a strong negative effect on the ratio of high-skilled to low-skilled migrants. Simplifying restrictions on substitutability across destinations are rejected by the data.
Subjects: 
international migration
migrant networks
nested multinomial logit model
skill structure of migration
Spain
JEL: 
F22
J61
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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