Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/96047
Authors: 
Docquier, Frédéric
Lodigiani, Elisabetta
Rapoport, Hillel
Schiff, Maurice
Year of Publication: 
2011
Series/Report no.: 
Working Papers, Bar-Ilan University, Department of Economics 2011-02
Abstract: 
Migration is an important and yet neglected determinant of institutions. The paper documents the channels through which emigration affects home country institutions and considers dynamic-panel regressions for a large sample of developing countries. We find that emigration and human capital both increase democracy and economic freedom. This implies that unskilled (skilled) emigration has a positive (ambiguous) impact on institutional quality. Simulations show an impact of skilled emigration that is generally positive, significant for a few countries in the short run and for many countries in the long run once incentive effects of emigration on human capital formation are accounted for.
Subjects: 
migration
institutions
democracy
diaspora effects
brain drain
JEL: 
O1
F22
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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