Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/84182
Authors: 
Omar Mahmoud, Toman
Rapoport, Hillel
Steinmayr, Andreas
Trebesch, Christoph
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
CESifo Working Paper 4389
Abstract: 
Migration contributes to the circulation of goods, knowledge, and ideas. Using community and individual-level data from Moldova, we show that the emigration episode that started in the late 1990s strongly affected political preferences and electoral outcomes in Moldova during the following decade and was eventually instrumental in bringing down the last ruling Communist government in Europe. Our results are suggestive of information transmission and cultural diffusion channels. Identification relies on the quasi-experimental context studied and on the differential effects arising from the fact that emigration was directed both to more democratic Western Europe and to less democratic Russia.
Subjects: 
emigration
political institutions
elections
social networks
information transmission
cultural diffusion
JEL: 
F22
D72
O10
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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