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Migration and Cross-Border Financial Flows

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  • Maurice Kugler

    (IDC - Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya)

  • Oren Levintal

    (Bar-Ilan University [Israël])

  • Hillel Rapoport

    (CES - Centre d'économie de la Sorbonne - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - UP1 - Université Panthéon-Sorbonne, PSE - Paris School of Economics)

Abstract

The gravity model has provided a tractable empirical framework to account for bilateral flows not only of manufactured goods, as in the case of merchandise trade, but also of financial flows. In particular, recent literature has emphasized the role of information costs in preventing larger diversification of financial investments. This paper investigates the role of migration in alleviating information imperfections between home and host countries. We show that the impact of migration on financial flows is strongest where information problems are more acute (that is, for more informational sensitive investments, between culturally more distant countries, and when the source country of migrants is a developing country) and for the type of migrants that are most able to enhance the flow of information on their home country, namely, skilled migrants. We interpret these differential effects as additional evidence pointing to the role of information in generating home-bias and as new evidence of the role of migration in reducing information frictions between countries.

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  • Maurice Kugler & Oren Levintal & Hillel Rapoport, 2015. "Migration and Cross-Border Financial Flows," PSE - G-MOND WORKING PAPERS halshs-01134465, HAL.
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    1. Hillel Rapoport, 2016. "Migration and globalization: what’s in it for developing countries?," International Journal of Manpower, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 37(7), pages 1209-1226, October.
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    Keywords

    gravity models; information asymmetries; international loans; international financial flows; Migration;

    JEL classification:

    • F21 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Investment; Long-Term Capital Movements
    • F22 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Migration
    • O1 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development

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