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The Effect of Migration on Income Convergence: Meta-Analytic Evidence

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  • Ceren Ozgen

    (VU University Amsterdam)

  • Peter Nijkamp

    (VU University Amsterdam)

  • Jacques Poot

    (Population Studies Centre, University of Waikato)

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Using meta-analytical techniques, we focus on 11 studies that explicitly measure the effect of a net migration variable in neoclassical convergence models and derive 57 comparable effect sizes. The data suggest that an increase in the net migration rate of one percentage point increases on average the GDP per capita growth rate by 0.13 percent, thus suggesting a net migration impact that is more consistent with endogenous self-reinforcing growth rather than neoclassical convergence. However, studies that use panel models or IV estimation yield smaller coefficients of net migration while the opposite is the case for regressions controlling for high-skilled migration.

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Paper provided by Tinbergen Institute in its series Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers with number 09-022/3.

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Date of creation: 03 Mar 2009
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Handle: RePEc:dgr:uvatin:20090022

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Keywords: Internal migration; income convergence; meta-analysis; regional disparities;

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  1. Hildegunn Stokke & J√âˆrn Ratts√âˆ, 2011. "Income convergence, migration and geography: Distribution analysis of regions in Norway," ERSA conference papers ersa10p174, European Regional Science Association.
  2. Emmanuel Skoufias & Gladys Lopez-Acevedo, 2009. "Latin America - Determinants of Regional Welfare Disparities within Latin American Countries : Synthesis," World Bank Other Operational Studies 3048, The World Bank.
  3. Peter Nijkamp, 2012. "Migration Impact Assessment: A Review of Evidence-Based Findings," Review of Economic Analysis, Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis, Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis, vol. 4(2), pages 179-208, December.
  4. Alexander Kubis & Lutz Schneider, 2012. "Human Capital Mobility and Convergence – A Spatial Dynamic Panel Model of the German Regions," IWH Discussion Papers, Halle Institute for Economic Research 9, Halle Institute for Economic Research.
  5. Joanna Wolszczak-Derlacz, 2009. "Does migration lead to economic convergence in an enlarged European market?," Bank i Kredyt, National Bank of Poland, Economic Institute, National Bank of Poland, Economic Institute, vol. 40(4), pages 71-87.

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