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Multilateral resistance to migration

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  • Simone Bertoli

    (CERDI - Centre d'études et de recherches sur le developpement international - CNRS - Université d'Auvergne - Clermont-Ferrand I)

  • J. Fernandes-Huertas Moraga

    (Fedea - Fundacion de Estudios de Economia Aplicada - CSIC - IAE)

The rate of migration observed between two countries does not depend solely on their relative attractiveness, but also on the one of alternative destinations. Following the trade literature, we term the influence exerted by other destinations on bilateral flows as Multilateral Resistance to Migration, and we show how it can be accounted for when estimating the determinants of migration rates in the context of a general individual random utility maximization model. We propose the use of the Common Correlated Effects estimator (Pesaran, 2006) and apply it to high-frequency data on the Spanish immigration boom between 1997 and 2009. Compared to more restrictive estimation strategies developed in the literature, the bias goes in the expected direction: we find a smaller effect of GDP per capita and a larger effect of migration policies on bilateral rates.

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Date of creation: 2013
Publication status: Published in Journal of Development Economics, Elsevier, 2013, 102 (3), pp.79-100
Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:halshs-00820169
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