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Revisiting Italian Emigration Before the Great War: A Test of the Standard Economic Model

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  • P. G. Ardeni
  • A. Gentili

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Among the many studies on migration before the Great War, Italy has received little attention, with a few notable exceptions and without providing a convincing explanation of its economic and demographic determinants. Standard neoclassical approaches explain emigration as driven by relative wages, relative employment rates and the stock of previous emigrants. We aim at improving on earlier contributions by covering all migration outflows from Italy to the most significant destination countries and by adopting the most consistent and up-to-date econometric approaches. As it turns out, the standard model is not fully confirmed and a more nuanced analysis is needed.

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  • P. G. Ardeni & A. Gentili, 2013. "Revisiting Italian Emigration Before the Great War: A Test of the Standard Economic Model," Working Papers wp907, Dipartimento Scienze Economiche, Universita' di Bologna.
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    1. Stefano Fenoaltea, 2011. "On the Structure of the Italian Economy, 1861-1913," Rivista di storia economica, Società editrice il Mulino, issue 1, pages 61-72.
    2. Green, Alan & Urquhart, M. C., 1976. "Factor and Commodity Flows in the International Economy of 1870–1914: A Multi-Country View," The Journal of Economic History, Cambridge University Press, vol. 36(01), pages 217-252, March.
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    1. Rowena Gray & Gaia Narciso & Gaspare Tortorici, 2017. "Globalization, Agricultural Markets and Mass Migration," CReAM Discussion Paper Series 1713, Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM), Department of Economics, University College London.

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    • F22 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Migration
    • N32 - Economic History - - Labor and Consumers, Demography, Education, Health, Welfare, Income, Wealth, Religion, and Philanthropy - - - U.S.; Canada: 1913-

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