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The Influence of Others on Migration Plans

  • Epstein, Gil S.


    (Bar-Ilan University)

  • Gang, Ira N.


    (Rutgers University)

The willingness to migrate and locational choice may be influenced by others’ choices or plans, particularly if the “other people”, such as family and friends, are migrants, former migrants, or potential migrants themselves. We examine the roles “other people” play in influencing an individual’s potential migration decision. In analyzing the influence of others on migration decisions, we rely on the concepts of migration networks and herd effects.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 1244.

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Length: 22 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2004
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Publication status: published in: Review of Development Economics, 2006, 10 (4), 652 - 665
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp1244
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