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Diaspora effects in international migration: key questions and methodological issues

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  • Michel Beine

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    (University of Luxemburg and CES-Ifo)

  • Frédéric Docquier

    (FNRS and IRES, Universit´e Catholique de Louvain)

  • Caglar Ozden

    (DECRG, The World Bank)

Abstract

This paper reviews the existing literature on the impact of migrants networks on the patterns of international migration. It covers the theo- retical channels at stake in the global effect of the networks. It identifies the key issues, namely the impact on size, selection and concentration of the migration flows. The paper also reviews the empirical hurdles that the researchers face in assessing the importance of networks. The key issues concern the choice of micro vs a macro approach, the definition of a network, the access to suitable data and the adoption of econometric methods accounting for the main features of those data. Finally, the pa- per reports a set of estimation outcomes reflecting the main findings of the macro approach.

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Paper provided by Center for Research in Economic Analysis, University of Luxembourg in its series CREA Discussion Paper Series with number 10-14.

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  1. Gianluca Orefice, 2013. "International Migration and Trade Agreements: the new role of PTAs," FIW Working Paper series 111, FIW.

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