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Migrant Associations, Trade and FDI


  • Leila Baghdadi
  • Angela Chepteaz


Recent literature sets forth the positive role of migrants in international trade and foreign direct investment. We use a new database on French migrant associations together with data on the stocks of migrants to diffe-rentiate between organized and, respectively, non-organized migrant-based networks. We find that the creation of a new association of migrants is accompanied by important jumps in bilateral trade and investment between the host and origin countries. This effect adds on top of the impact of non-organized migrant communities, documented in the literature. Non-organized networks affect trade via preference and information channels, while organized networks play mainly an informational role.

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  • Leila Baghdadi & Angela Chepteaz, 2010. "Migrant Associations, Trade and FDI," Annals of Economics and Statistics, GENES, issue 97-98, pages 71-101.
  • Handle: RePEc:adr:anecst:y:2010:i:97-98:p:71-101

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