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Networks Effects in International Migration : Education versus Gender

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  • Michel BEINE

    (CREA,University of Luxembourg, IRES and CES-Ifo)

  • Sara SALOMONE

    (IRES, Université catholique de Louvain and Tor Vergata University)

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This paper analyses the impact of networks on the structure of international migration flows to OECD countries. In particular, we look at whether diaspora effects are different across education levels and gender. Using new data allowing to include both dimensions, we are able to analyze the respective impact of networks on the proportion of each category of migrant. Therefore, unlike the preceding literature on macro determinants of international migration, we can identify the factors that influence the selection in terms skills and in terms of gender. We find that network effects vary by education level but not by gender.

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  • Michel BEINE & Sara SALOMONE, 2010. "Networks Effects in International Migration : Education versus Gender," LIDAM Discussion Papers IRES 2010022, Université catholique de Louvain, Institut de Recherches Economiques et Sociales (IRES).
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    Keywords

    Migration; Human capital; network/diaspora externalities; Gender;
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    JEL classification:

    • F22 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Migration
    • O15 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Economic Development: Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration

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