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Emigration and democracy, Volume 1
Author:Docquier, Frederic; Lodigiani, Elisabetta; Rapoport, Hillel; Schiff, Maurice; Country:World;
Date Stored:2011/02/02Document Date:2011/02/01
Document Type:Policy Research Working PaperSubTopics:Economic Theory & Research; Human Migrations & Resettlements; Population Policies; Voluntary and Involuntary Resettlement; International Migration
Language:EnglishRegion:The World Region
Report Number:WPS5557Collection Title:Policy Research working paper ; no. WPS 5557
Volume No:1  

Summary: Migration is an important yet neglected determinant of institutions. This paper documents the channels through which emigration affects home country institutions and considers dynamic-panel regressions for a large sample of developing countries. The authors 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 and for many countries once incentive effects of emigration on human capital formation are accounted for.

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