Networks and Selection in International Migration to Spain
AbstractThis paper analyzes the role of ethnic communities in shaping the recent immigration boom to Spain. We find that ethnic communities exerted a strong positive effect on the scale and a strong negative effect on the skill structure of this immigration. Unlike previous studies, we explicitly acknowledge similarities among final migration destinations and thus partly relax the independence of irrelevant alternatives assumption. We strengthen our causal interpretation by controlling for observed and unobserved heterogeneity in bilateral migration costs, and by adopting an instrumental variables approach. Our results suggest that previous estimates of the scale effect are upward-biased by approximately 50%.
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Length: 32 pages
Date of creation: May 2012
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international migration; ethnic networks; family and friends effect; skill structure of migration; Spain;
Other versions of this item:
- Neubecker, Nina & Smolka, Marcel & Steinbacher, Anne, 2012. "Networks and selection in international migration to Spain," University of Tuebingen Working Papers in Economics and Finance 35, University of Tuebingen, Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences.
- F22 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Migration
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2012-06-05 (All new papers)
- NEP-EUR-2012-06-05 (Microeconomic European Issues)
- NEP-MIG-2012-06-05 (Economics of Human Migration)
- NEP-SOC-2012-06-05 (Social Norms & Social Capital)
- NEP-URE-2012-06-05 (Urban & Real Estate Economics)
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