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Do Non-Economic Quality of Life Factors Drive Immigration?

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  • Gail Pacheco
  • Stephanie Rossouw

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  • Joshua Lewer

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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 QOL indices in conjunction with four independent welfare measures to an augmented gravity model of immigration, this paper finds an insignificant relationship between the six non-economic QOL measures and immigration flows for a panel of 16 OECD countries from 1991 to 2000. However, the results suggest that other factors 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 tested. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2013

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  • Gail Pacheco & Stephanie Rossouw & Joshua Lewer, 2013. "Do Non-Economic Quality of Life Factors Drive Immigration?," Social Indicators Research: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal for Quality-of-Life Measurement, Springer, vol. 110(1), pages 1-15, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:soinre:v:110:y:2013:i:1:p:1-15
    DOI: 10.1007/s11205-011-9924-4
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    Keywords

    Immigration; Quality of life; Gravity model;

    JEL classification:

    • F22 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Migration
    • C51 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Model Construction and Estimation
    • D63 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement

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