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Are human rights and economic well-being substitutes? The evidence from migration patterns across the Indian states

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  • Libman, Alexander
  • Herrmann-Pillath, Carsten
  • Yadav, Gaurav

The objective of this paper is to study the relationship between the demand for human rights and the demand for economic prosperity from the “exit” perspective, looking at migration patterns. We investigate intra-national migration in India, which is a federation of various states that feature significant economic and political differences. The paper finds that the quality of human rights protection and the economic well-being in the target state are substitutes with respect to determining patterns of migration. These results depend on framing effects; human rights complaints appear to be interpreted differently by migrants, depending on the trust in the government in the target state.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal European Journal of Political Economy.

Volume (Year): 31 (2013)
Issue (Month): C ()
Pages: 139-164

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Handle: RePEc:eee:poleco:v:31:y:2013:i:c:p:139-164
DOI: 10.1016/j.ejpoleco.2013.06.002
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