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Do Non-Economic Quality of Life Factors Drive Immigration?

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  • Gail Pacheco
  • Stephanie Rossouw

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  • Joshua Lewer

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This paper contributes to the immigration literature by generating two unique non-economic quality of life (QOL) indices and testing their role on recent migration patterns. Applying the generated QOL indices in conjunction with four independent welfare measures to an augmented gravity model of immigration, this paper finds an insignificant relationship between the six non-economic QOL measures and immigration flows for a panel of 16 OECD countries from 1991 to 2000. However, the results suggest that other factors such as the stock of immigrants from the source country already living in the OECD destination country, population size, relative incomes, and geographic factors all significantly drive the flow of immigration for the sample tested. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2013

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Social Indicators Research.

Volume (Year): 110 (2013)
Issue (Month): 1 (January)
Pages: 1-15

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Handle: RePEc:spr:soinre:v:110:y:2013:i:1:p:1-15

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Keywords: Immigration; Quality of life; Gravity model;

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  1. Nicole B. Simpson & Chad Sparber, 2013. "The Short- and Long-Run Determinants of Less-Educated Immigrant Flows into U.S. States," Southern Economic Journal, Southern Economic Association, vol. 80(2), pages 414-438, October.
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  3. Morettini, Gabriele & Presbitero, Andrea F. & Tamberi, Massimo, 2012. "Determinants of international migrations to Italian provinces," MPRA Paper 36316, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  4. Simpson, Nicole & Sparber, Chad, 2010. "The Short-and Long-Run Determinants of Unskilled Immigration into US States," Working Papers 2010-06, Department of Economics, Colgate University.
  5. Simpson, Nicole B. & Sparber, Chad, 2012. "The Short- and Long-Run Determinants of Less-Educated Immigration into U.S. States," IZA Discussion Papers 6437, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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