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Do Migrants Improve Governance at Home? Evidence from a Voting Experiment

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  • Catia Batista

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    (Department of Economics and Institute for International Integration Studies, Trinity College Dublin; IZA)

  • Pedro Vicente

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    (Department of Economics and Institute for International Integration Studies, Trinity College Dublin; CSAE-Oxford; BREAD)

Abstract

This paper tests the hypothesis that international migration experiences may promote better institutions at home by raising the demand for political accountability. In order to examine this question, we use a simple postcard voting experiment designed to capture the population’s desire for better governance. Using data from a tailored household survey, we examine the determinants of voting behavior in our experiment, and isolate the positive effect of international emigration on the demand for political accountability. We find that this effect can be mainly attributed to the presence of return migrants, particularly to those who emigrated to countries with better governance.

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Paper provided by IIIS in its series The Institute for International Integration Studies Discussion Paper Series with number iiisdp313.

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Length: 23 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2009
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Handle: RePEc:iis:dispap:iiisdp313

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Keywords: international migration; governance; political accountability; institutions; effects of emigration in origin countries; household survey; Cape Verde; sub-Saharan Africa;

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  3. Elisabetta Lodigiani & Sara Salomone, 2012. "Migration-induced Transfers of Norms. The Case of Female Political Empowerment," DEGIT Conference Papers c017_058, DEGIT, Dynamics, Economic Growth, and International Trade.
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  5. Docquier, Frédéric & Lodigiani, Elisabetta & Rapoport, Hillel & Schiff, Maurice, 2011. "Emigration and Democracy," IZA Discussion Papers 5496, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  6. Toman Omar Mahmoud & Hillel Rapoport & Andreas Steinmayr & Christoph Trebesch, 2013. "The Effect of Labor Migration on the Diffusion of Democracy: Evidence from a Former Soviet Republic," CESifo Working Paper Series 4389, CESifo Group Munich.
  7. Marion Mercier, 2013. "The Return of the Prodigy Son: Do Return Migrants make Better Leaders?," Working Papers halshs-00907277, HAL.
  8. Şule Akkoyunlu, 2013. "Migration-Induced Women’s Empowerment: The Case of Turkey," RSCAS Working Papers 2013/77, European University Institute.
  9. Jean-Louis COMBES & Mathilde MAUREL & Christian EBEKE, 2013. "The effect of remittances prior to an election," Working Papers 201307, CERDI.

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