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Do Non-Economic Quality of Life Factors Drive Immigration?

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  • Lewer, Joshua J.

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    (Bradley University)

  • Pacheco, Gail

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    (Auckland University of Technology)

  • Rossouw, Stephanié

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    (Auckland University of Technology)

Abstract

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 quality of life indices in conjunction with other independent welfare measures to an extended gravity model of immigration for 16 OECD destination countries from 1991 to 2000 suggests an insignificant role for QOL in the immigration process. The panel results suggest that other economic variables 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.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 4385.

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Length: 23 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2009
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Publication status: published in: Social Indicators Research, 2013, 110 (1), 1-15
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  1. 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).
  2. 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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