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Discontinuity and the Theory of International Migration


  • Oded Stark


In this exploratory paper, the notion of (strong) discontinuity is introduced into the theory of international labour migration. It is suggested that inter‐country wage differentials alone may fail to induce international migration at the level of the decision making entity. However, three factors ‐ risk aversion, relative deprivation and asymmetric information ‐ in conjunction with these wage differentials, may account for international migration. In dieser vorbereitenden Untersuchung wird der Begriff einer (starken) Unterbrechung der Theorie der internationalen Arbeitswanderung eingeführt. Es wird vorgeschtagen, dass Lohnunterschiede zwischen verschiedenen Ländern selbst allein könnten internationale Abwanderung auf der Ebene der entscheidungsmachenden Gruppe nicht herbeiführen. Jedoch drei Faktoren ‐ Risikoabneigung, relative Entbehrung und asymmetrische Auskünfte ‐ mögen im Zusammenhang mit diesen Lohnunterschieden die internationale Wanderungsbewegung erklären. Dans cette élude exploratoire, la notion de discontinuité (forte) est introduite dans la théorie de la migration internationale travail. II est suggeré que les difféientiels sala‐riaux d'entre‐pays ne peuvent pas ȩ eux seule induire au niveau de l'entité de décisions, une migration internationale. Cependant, trois facteurs ‐ l'aversion de risque, la déprivation relative et l'asymmetrie de l'information en conjonction avec ces diffé‐rentiels salariaux, peuvent expliquer la migration internationale.

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  • Oded Stark, 1984. "Discontinuity and the Theory of International Migration," Kyklos, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 37(2), pages 206-222, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:kyklos:v:37:y:1984:i:2:p:206-222

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