Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/77457
Authors: 
Vézina, Pierre-Louis
Year of Publication: 
2010
Series/Report no.: 
HEID Working Paper 03/2010
Abstract: 
This paper uses an untapped dataset on Swiss immigration and a novel instrumental variable to test three channels through which migrants promote trade. The main finding is that migrant networks are an effective substitute for formal institutions in facilitating trade. The effect takes place entirely on the extensive margin, suggesting migrant networks may be reducing fixed entry costs characterized by corruption.
Subjects: 
trade
migration
corruption
JEL: 
F22
F14
D73
D8
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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